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I am having a MRI scan next week, apparently should last 1 hour. I never had one before. Any advice? The radiologist said that I could listen to music. Other than than that anything else i could use t… Read More
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2m, 1w agoPosted 2 months, 1 week ago
I am having a MRI scan next week, apparently should last 1 hour. I never had one before. Any advice? The radiologist said that I could listen to music. Other than than that anything else i could use to relax?
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#1
Daughter had one before and she has another next week also.
There isn't much else you can do other than close your eyes and listen to music. You can't move or hold anything (like a book) - just relax and wait. If you think you'll be anxious you can ask your GP for a mild sedative.

This is worth a read
http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/MRI-scan/Pages/How-is-it-performed.aspx
#2
You will go head first into the machine so if you are claustrophobic try some breathing techniques from YouTube
#3
Don't worry about it, get music and das it.
#4
revo89
You will go head first into the machine so if you are claustrophobic try some breathing techniques from YouTube
It depends on what you're having scanned.
#5
super scary....nuclear scan is worse :((((((
#6
batman15
super scary....nuclear scan is worse :((((((


It's actually huge electro magnets
#7
I'm claustrophobic and I close my eyes straight away when lay down before go into and don't open until I'm out and it's OK, just let them know about all your feers.
#8
Had two mri's and they are just noisy.
Just lie back, close your eyes and relax.
Amazed people get panic attacks from just having a lie down.

Edited By: thedvdmonster on May 20, 2017 08:05
#9
I have had a few of these & to be honest the machine is so noisy that you can hardly hear the music if you were to take some. As others have said it's best to close your eyes the whole time & try & breathe slowly. I suffer from claustrophobia & found doing this helped immensely. Im sure you will be fine on the day, and good luck!
#10
For goodness sake, if they offer you earplugs - take em! You'll thank me for it. I had earplugs AND headphones (yes, I could just about hear the music) but the plugs help drown out the constant banging/droning noise to just a low thump.

Also, if claustrophobic then I strongly suggest keeping your eyes closed BEFORE entering the scanner. Just remember that there is always someone present in case you become anxious and you are constantly monitored. Nothing in the scanner will touch you or hurt you so try and relax as much as possible. Difficult, I know.

Oh, and think hard when they ask you to remove all metal items - and not forget like I did to remove my car keys! What a numpty I felt as my keys hit the side of the scanner with a loud bang! Oops.

Good luck, jeannot18. It'll all be over and you'll wonder what all the fuss was about...
#11
Ask for one of those VR headsets, you'll sail through it.
#12
M.R.I. magnetic resource imaging. As said above its noisy....You can't take anything in with you and you cant have any metal objects including earings, bracelets etc even bras with metal fasteners....You can give the staff a cd which they will play and it plays via speakers. Dont worry, its like having an x-ray for a few minutes whilst lying down. Hope all goes well for you.
#13
They will put a button in your hand so if you feel too uncomfortable you can press it. They will let you out in seconds.
The thing to remember is the machine is solid. If the roof collapsed you would be safer in the machine than out of it. That tube will not shrink. People will put a full face helmet on and think nothing of it yet worry about an open tube??.
An MRI has plenty of space and is open at both ends. Worse case scenario is ask to be sent to an open scanner, although this could add a delay and a long journey.
Best wishes for the results.
[Travel Expert]#14
It's noisy and boring. I had to go on twice as the machine broke part way through! It was more difficult to lie still in the same position, particularly if you are in pain so do tell staff if you find it difficult to stay in one position so they can try and find the best position for you. I felt worse after I came out as I'd strained my neck in a really awkward position for almost 2 hrs.

The good thing is that whatever is wrong with you (I don't mean that in a bad way!) the scan is complex and hopefully will point your GP in the right direction to advise on next stages of treatment etc. It was fascinating to look at.
#15
I have to have regular brain scans (they still haven't found one!) and it's not the most pleasant thing. I suggest taking some music with you, my hospital will plug your iPod into the system for you so you can choose your exact music. Depending on what you're having scanned you may not have to go in head first, so it's not bad at all, but if you do have to go in head first lay your hands at the side of your body so that they don't touch the top of the tunnel (as this will help with the claustrophobia,if you have it), and it will probably be about thirty minutes rather than an hour. The longest I've ever spent in the actual scanner is around twenty to thirty minutes, and that's having a total of six scans (three normal and three enhanced with dye). The hour time scale they have given you is for the total time of booking you in, completing a brief survey of your medical history explaining the procedure to you and ensuring you have no metal objects on you, I would be very surprised if you're actually in the machine for anymore than fifteen minutes.
Oh, and obviously good luck with everything, just lay back and think of England!

Edited By: Dyslexic_Dog on May 20, 2017 10:47: .
#16
As others have said they will give you headphones it's best to take them, they will ask what music you would like, just make sure it's not a channel your kids listen too or you might be sick after the first 20 mins :) that's what I did and then as someone who doesn't like enclosed spaces and then the panic started deep breaths and thinking it will be over soon and it was all ok. For me it was the worry about how long you would be in their for didn't really know and the fact you are sort of locked in without any chance of getting out but deep breaths and you will be ok. My daughter 14 had one recently, full 2 hours and I was worried how she would cope, just lay back, listened to the music, sang a little and she said at one stage she nearly fell asleep no idea how as it's so noisy. You will be fine just try and relax and it will be over quickly.
#17
Good luck.

A) take the earplugs and the headphones. It gets really loud.

B) choose some music that isn't utterly depressing

C) it can get cold in there, so ask for a blanket before the scan starts if you need one.

D) Have a wee beforehand even if you don't really need one

E) leave your jewellery, watch etc at home

F) lie completely still. If you move at any point they may have to restart the scan.

G) if driving to the hospital, leave plenty of time to find a parking space. Every hospital I've been to with parking has been a nightmare to park in; there are never enough parking spaces.

I hope it goes ok for you and that your scan comes back all clear.
#18
The radiologists do talk to you every now and again (from their booth, so you hear them on a speaker) during the scan, you usually get told when each part of the scan is being done. You'll probably be told 'stay really still for this next one' and also a random 'you're doing really well' every so often X)


Edited By: sicklysweet on May 20, 2017 11:07
#19
All above are good answers and I would only add that my wife was nervous when she found other end was against a wall so they let her go in feet first.
#20
Also, they may offer to put a pillow under your knees for comfort. I found it helped a bit.
#21
whitechick58
I have had a few of these & to be honest the machine is so noisy that you can hardly hear the music if you were to take some. As others have said it's best to close your eyes the whole time & try & breathe slowly. I suffer from claustrophobia & found doing this helped immensely. Im sure you will be fine on the day, and good luck!
I agree with the noise. It seemed to me to be the other way round. All the bleeping and what have you coming through the headstones and the music sounding distant.
#22
I chickened mine. I had my head packed tight so I couldn't move my neck area as that was being scanned. I wasn't offered headphones or sedatives. I'm very claustrophobic. As soon as the nurse left the room I panicked and pressed the button. It was awful.
I would say take a good look at how big the tube is before you go inside. It feels tight but it looks massive from the outside. I think stress got the better of me.
Ask for a sedative if you are allowed.
#23
Thanks people for all the replies. My wife and son had one, so I will put on my brave face on (though I hate anything medical...) and will get through it. They are scanning my prostate so I don't know what part of my body will go first. I will probably close my eyes and try to take myself somewhere else in spirit (that's what I do when I go to the dentist)
#24
I imagine you will go in feet first, in which case it's not too bad at all just a bit noisy.
#25
jeannot18
Thanks people for all the replies. My wife and son had one, so I will put on my brave face on (though I hate anything medical...) and will get through it. They are scanning my prostate so I don't know what part of my body will go first. I will probably close my eyes and try to take myself somewhere else in spirit (that's what I do when I go to the dentist)
Good luck. Most important to relax and try not to worry. There's nothing there to hurt you and it'll soon be over. I've had several and was surprised by how noisy it is so do be prepared for loud random noise. It was too loud for me to hear any music. Perhaps you'll only go in feet first as far as the 'relevant' bits so no problem with claustrophobia. Good idea to 'take yourself' somewhere else in spirit.
#26
I had my MRI yesterday, and just in case somebody else wants to know about MRI, it was perfectly ok. Yes it is noisy, and my back got a bit uncomfortable for not being able to change my position, but it is actually not such a big thing (maybe different for someone suffering with claustrophobia). But if I can do it anyone can

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