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MRI Scan info please

michelleleemoo Avatar
6y, 3m agoPosted 6 years, 3 months ago
Just had an appointment through and it says that it takes between 30 and 45 minutes, however it does not make it clear 'what' will take this long, is that the amount of time I will be in the scan thingy or the length of the appointment do you think?
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6y, 3m agoPosted 6 years, 3 months ago
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#1
it depends what you are having scanned but the letters normally mean for the whole appointment getting changed etc
#2
dmissy13
it depends what you are having scanned but the letters normally mean for the whole appointment getting changed etc


oh thank gosh for that was starting to panic thinking i'm going to be in the machine for that long, it says bring a cd oO
#3
it can make quite a loud knocking noise and most hospitals put music on for you to try and block it out and help you relax
banned#4
I would say it is the whole appointment.

I think I was in the scanner for about 15 minutes when I had one done.
#5
mmmm, quite worried about this MM

MRI scan is a big thing you know. fingers crossed for you that everything is okay x
#6
dmissy13
it can make quite a loud knocking noise and most hospitals put music on for you to try and block it out and help you relax




DLM
I would say it is the whole appointment.

I think I was in the scanner for about 15 minutes when I had one done.


I dont know whats wrong with me I'm never panicky but I'm just dreading this and its unexplainable, must be having a moment. Thanks for the info
#7
bossyboots
mmmm, quite worried about this MM

MRI scan is a big thing you know. fingers crossed for you that everything is okay x


not helping bossy :p
banned#8
michelleleemoo
dmissy13
it can make quite a loud knocking noise and most hospitals put music on for you to try and block it out and help you relax


DLM
I would say it is the whole appointment.

I think I was in the scanner for about 15 minutes when I had one done.


I dont know whats wrong with me I'm never panicky but I'm just dreading this and its unexplainable, must be having a moment. Thanks for the info


Hope it goes well.
#9
hey worrying is normal you are allowed to freak out a bit i remember when i had my 1st i was worried its just the unknown and all my others after didn't worry me as i knew what to expect.
hope you get a good result xx

Edited By: dmissy13 on Aug 13, 2010 00:04: spelling
#10
DLM
michelleleemoo
dmissy13
it can make quite a loud knocking noise and most hospitals put music on for you to try and block it out and help you relax


DLM
I would say it is the whole appointment.

I think I was in the scanner for about 15 minutes when I had one done.


I dont know whats wrong with me I'm never panicky but I'm just dreading this and its unexplainable, must be having a moment. Thanks for the info


Hope it goes well.



dmissy13
hey worrying is normal you are aloud to freak out a bit i remember when i had my 1st i was worried its just the unknown and all my others after didn't worry me as i knew what to expect.
hope you get a good result xx


cheers peepsicles, been waiting for appointment for a while and not paid it no mind but it arrived today for saturday and its kind of making me feel like something must be wrong really for the hospital to have gone through with the appointment, oh well i'll get over it i'm sure
#11
When I had one the appointment was quite long as I had to drink some pineapple juice, then wait a while until I had the scan - guess it depends on what you're having scanned :)
#12
Butterbean
When I had one the appointment was quite long as I had to drink some pineapple juice, then wait a while until I had the scan - guess it depends on what you're having scanned :)


its my leg/knee so i cant see why i have to go in that big blinking tube thing
#13
It takes a while, I had two scans and was there an hour.
#14
davelfc
It takes a while, I had two scans and was there an hour.


but not in the thing for an hour?
#15
michelleleemoo


its my leg/knee so i cant see why i have to go in that big blinking tube thing


aahh right! well I would relax a little then! I wrongly assumed it was elsewhere that was being scanned. Just keep us all informed how u get on x
#16
michelleleemoo
Butterbean
When I had one the appointment was quite long as I had to drink some pineapple juice, then wait a while until I had the scan - guess it depends on what you're having scanned :)


its my leg/knee so i cant see why i have to go in that big blinking tube thing


Haha - if the juice showed up in your knee then you would know you really did have problems!
I'm sure it will be over in no time, and as soon as they are sure what is wrong, then they can fix you. Hope it goes well.
#17
only your leg with go into the rotating circle should only take 5 mins or so for your leg
#18
thank you so much everyone, will try not to think about it now, will update thread if they find either a) a brain or b) a heart :D seriously, thanks everyone
#19
Hey MM dont worry about it I had my knee done and you wont have to go the whole way into the machine they will just stick your leg in and you can have a wee sleep. Took about 10mins but I drifted of as it was quite relaxing!

You'll be fine!
#20
cbryanp
Hey MM dont worry about it I had my knee done and you wont have to go the whole way into the machine they will just stick your leg in and you can have a wee sleep. Took about 10mins but I drifted of as it was quite relaxing!

You'll be fine!


now sleep I can do, hmmm where did i put my jack johnson cd
#21
I have had one and I wasn't in the scanner for that long, so I would think that's the time for the whole appointment.
I had to wait in the waiting room for a while and when I was next to go in then I got changed into a gown and they then took me into the room, told me to lie down and explained what would happen and that the loud noises are normal. The nurses and radiographers were really nice and reassuring but want you in and out as quickly as possible so don't hang about.
I didn't get the results instantly, I had to see the consultant for that at another appointment.
#22
sickly sweet
I have had one and I wasn't in the scanner for that long, so I would think that's the time for the whole appointment.
I had to wait in the waiting room for a while and when I was next to go in then I got changed into a gown and they then took me into the room, told me to lie down and explained what would happen and that the loud noises are normal. The nurses and radiographers were really nice and reassuring but want you in and out as quickly as possible so don't hang about.
I didn't get the results instantly, I had to see the consultant for that at another appointment.


Thank you for the info, i feel daft now as it dont sound too bad (_;)
#23
michelleleemoo
Thank you for the info, i feel daft now as it dont sound too bad (_;)


No problem, it isn't that bad, especially if it's just your leg as I doubt you'll have to go head-first into the machine and they'll probably put you in feet first so most of you will be outside of the machine which means it won't be so noisy for you.
Good luck, and don't worry, it's simple, safe, pain-free and over in a short time plus the doctors get the full picture that way so you know you're getting the best care possible.
#24
Dont be worried,just be prepared for the noise although they give you headphones if you wish,the particular scan i attended lasted about 30 mins.They stopped it a few times, then restarted,nothing to be worried about, results took 2 weeks though.
#25
Oh Moo - naughty you scaring us!!

We all thought 'brain scan' - which is OK in fact, just for anyone expecting a brain scan soon!!

It doesn't matter how long it is does it - it's your knee - lie back and and take a rest! It'll take that time to do enough scans for a 3D image to see what the problem is.

Hope you get sorted pronto. :D
#26
I've got a MRI brain scan on the 20th absolutely bricking it, had a few symptoms which could point to a tumor oO the doctor moved pretty fast which is worrying only had the initial consultation on Tuesday.
#27
Last one i went to which was years ago, took 30mins while they scanned the tumour in my back. Apart from the loud knocking noises it was fine, i say fine i had to have an injection to help with the scan, at least thats what they told me. :S

Edited By: Retro89 on Aug 13, 2010 14:18: .
[mod][Moderator] 1 Like #28
quote]its my leg/knee so i cant see why i have to go in that big blinking tube thing[/quote]
Just remember to take off any wigs, penile implants etc and you'll be fine:p seriously you will be fine, you may even get to see a consultant at the end of the appt, some hospitals work that way if possible xx

danmc
I've got a MRI brain scan on the 20th absolutely bricking it, had a few symptoms which could point to a tumor oO the doctor moved pretty fast which is worrying only had the initial consultation on Tuesday.

Try not to worry too much, I know it's easier said than done, but a GP will refer very quickly if for instance you are having acute headaches/dizzy spells etc, unfortunately with the head/brain most symptoms can point towards a tumour, but its very rarely so, good luck and take care
1 Like #29
danmc
I've got a MRI brain scan on the 20th absolutely bricking it, had a few symptoms which could point to a tumor oO the doctor moved pretty fast which is worrying only had the initial consultation on Tuesday.


try not to worry but i know how you feel i was in the same situation 6 years ago if you need to chat when you get the results give me a shout i know more than most neurologists lol
#30
davelfc
It takes a while, I had two scans and was there an hour.


Yes, two scans 30 minutes each.
#31
I've had an MRI scan previously, they do two scans I think, a head scan or a full body scan.

I think my head scan was about 30 minutes in the machine, maybe a little more or a little less, it was a while ago.

If they say 30 - 45 minutes then it is in the machine, I basically walked into the hospital, went straight into the machine and then they told me I would get the results at a later date and then I was gone.

They also told me to bring a CD with music on, they played the music in the machine while I was in it, and I have to say it's a very relaxing thing to do.
#32
mate had a MRI scan earlier this year on my head you are in the machine for around 30-45 mins and the thing is loud aswell was a really horrible experience but a necessary one.

best of look
#33
Cheers all (I miss multi quote)
#34
danmc
I've got a MRI brain scan on the 20th absolutely bricking it, had a few symptoms which could point to a tumor oO the doctor moved pretty fast which is worrying only had the initial consultation on Tuesday.


oh gosh I do hope everything turns out ok, I feel silly now, its only my knee, my brain went years ago. Thank you to everyone who has commented, I really do appreciate it and danmc keep us posted. This really is a lovely site at times.
#35
michelleleemoo and anyone else who hasn't had an MRI scan before: I had one in 1999 (at a private central London clinic; the £550 cost was paid by my employer at the time) and it was straightforward, relaxed and pain-free. First I had to get changed into a thin cotton garment and remove and safely store my clothes, shoes and, in particular, any metal articles. I was then advised and instructed about the MRI scan procedure and told to lie down on a soft platform that was then pushed into a large open tube - which remained open at all times. I was also given headphones to wear and an 'emergency button' in my hand, which I could press if at any point I wanted to be pulled out (I didn't). I was told that soft music would play through the headphones and that I might also be aware of some clicking noises from the machine at times.

The scan did not take more than 20-30 minutes, I think. I closed my eyes for most/all of it.

Many weeks later, my doctor told me that I did not have a brain tumour. I told him that I had no idea that they were even looking for a tumour!

MRI scans are, I understand, harmless and much safer than X-rays (which are not too good for the body to have regularly).

I wish anyone due to have an MRI scan all the very best. As the quality of images produced by such a scan is so good, I think that if there is anything in the human body that is causing certain symptoms, then an MRI scan should hopefully detect and reveal it.

I would be happy to answer any questions about my personal experience of MRI scans, though I am far from an expert.

Best wishes to you all!
#36
I had an MRI scan last month on my brain and was the same as you. I was in the machine for around 20 minutes and kept my eyes closed the whole time as i didnt want to open them and see how close i was to the top - think that would have freaked me out!
Its VERY noisy but i found it quite relaxing and they do give you ear defenders.
I was allowed to keep my normal clothes on but as its your leg you will probably have to put on a gown i should think.
Good Luck xx
#37
My son had to have one 2 yrs ago when he was 7.
I was scared thinking he would freak out going in the tube thing.
Infact he loved it! LOL
My hubs offered to lay with him and kept talking to him to keep his mind off it. To which he replied pleaseee stop talking im truying to drive the pod racer!! LOL
It was loud but just close your eyes and relax. Or do what my son done and turn it into an adventure! LOL
#38
right so appointment was for 9am this morning.So with my daughter in tow and after checking the letter that states someone may enter the room with you as there are no harmful rays, I arrived 30 mins early and sat for this entire time in the waiting room, after filling in forms. 9am arrives and the woman/nurse whatever tells me that I will have to leave my daughter in the waiting room! now I didnt spring her on them, she was not smuggled in under my coat, she was visible the whole entire time and it was quite obvious there was just us 2 so why wait half an hour to tell me this. Like i am really going to leave a 7yr girl in a waiting room unsupervised while I just go and pop into a tube for 30 minutes. Apparently I am supposed to know that the person who is allowed into the room has to be an adult, even though it states no harmful rays, and according to said nurse/witch 'most people know this' well you know what she shouldn't assume that we are all as clever as she obviously is (going by the contempt in her voice) When I pointed out that the letter makes no reference to this she just told me they are aware of this and are changing the wording, now that is either bull (it would take 4 mins max to retype the wording on the letter once you are aware of the issue) or she is just a lying toad. Either way this was of no help to me. My daughter has attended both my x-rays with me and been allowed in and stand behind the screen so I dont know why I'm in the wrong not to know this, she was totally patronizing towards me and even made nice sidewards bobbing movements with her head to go with her sing song voice, in case its not obvious I am ever so slightly pee'd off. Now what I want to know is... if my 7yr old daughter ever needs and mri scan how does that work! And breathe. Rant over.


Edited By: michelleleemoo on Aug 14, 2010 18:32: grammar innit
#39
ffs thats the last thing you needed. i spend a lot of time in hospital and appointments for treatment, they often forget we are human and its not our choice to be there and leave their compassion at home, i know they are often overworked etc but its draining having to deal with the attitudes. hope you get another one booked soon
#40
dmissy13
ffs thats the last thing you needed. i spend a lot of time in hospital and appointments for treatment, they often forget we are human and its not our choice to be there and leave their compassion at home, i know they are often overworked etc but its draining having to deal with the attitudes. hope you get another one booked soon


I really did try to see her point but she didnt have one, even if it had been down to children being disruptive, running about etc I can honestly say my daughter is SO well behaved its boring (bitsey will back me up on this) I can take her anywhere she is so good and its apparent from the off so even though she gave me no reason if that had been it then she still had no case. I guess i'm just being mardy although I've read nutta's comment and her hubby was clearly going to lie in there with her son so I cannot see the difference. Anyway I know now so just wait another month for an appointment.

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