Post by applecrisp1 on Mar 8, 2019 16:04:06 GMT -5
I'm having an MRI on my lower back, and also for my neck. They had it as two "orders", and they scheduled me with consecutive time slots.
I had an MRI a few years back for my neck/arm pain, and really the only tough part was staying still and holding my arm in a certain way (wouldn't have been an issue if I wasn't having such neck pain during the MRI). I can't recall other specifics.
Soooo, I asked the doc if imaging would do it back to back, and he thought probably. I did mention about being in the tube for so long.
Does anyone know if you are all in the tube for all MRIs? If lower back,could my head possibly be out? If so, then I don't think it would bother me at all to get both done one after the other. I can't recall the specifics last time other than having to stay still and the noise.
The scheduling person said pretty common to do back to back appts --- so if so, I'm assuming not a biggie, more just wondering.
I'm not totally understanding the issue...are you saying you think it is dangerous/unsafe to stay in there that long or you think the narrow tube will give you claustrophobia from being in that enclosed space?
1) It is not dangerous to stay in the tube healthwise, as far as any research I've done.
2). There are different types of machines. Some places even offer "open" type of MRI machines, so it depends where you go and where/what they are imaging.
I used to work at GE when they were building/designing MRIs for the first time. I used to beg to be the guinea pig because I would be able to lay there and sleep! The noise never bothered me. It makes some people nervous so they offer ear plugs and now, some machines even pipe in background music.
When I was getting my MRI-needle guided biopsy (that found my breast cancer), the machine broke 1/2 way through and they were going to send me home and have me come back. I did not want the Gadolinium dye any more than I had to, so asked if a tech/service guy was on site. Yes...we waited nearly 2 hours and all the while, I was in the tube. Slept through most of it, such as stressing about a biopsy lets you. There's also a button on the inside that lets you press for "help." If it gets too much you can press it and they can get you out of there. There's also voice interchange, so they can talk to you and you don't feel alone and "stuck" in there.
I also think they are offering Gadolinium free dyes now...worth checking. The dye can lodge in brains and when I was getting my MRIs, we didn't know yet. I'll be starting year 13 in April from dx so who knows what other great new things these machines can do!
Good luck with the scan and I hope you can get some resolution for the pain.
Thoreau said, 'A man is rich in proportion to the things he can leave alone.'
Post by applecrisp1 on Mar 9, 2019 12:15:31 GMT -5
I was just wondering if staying in the tube for two MRI's would bother me a bit (just for the amount of time). I had an MRI before and the process was not a big deal to me --- other than keeping my arm still and in a certain position.