Re: how long does a mri take?
I had 3 lumbar MRI's w/in last 12 mos.
I think the first one was the easiest becasue I was in their newest MRI machine, which had great headphones with music (of my choice). The second and third time I was placed into their older machine that has no headphones, just earplugs. I also asked for a washcloth to cover my eyes just in case I would open them. I did not like the sight of the roof of the machine being so close to my face.
The third time in, I had to take an anti-anxiety med (prescribed from my family doctor), I was so nervous. The more MRI's I have done, the more scared I am becoming unfortunately.
My lumbar MRI's lasted about 25 mins each time.
Microdiscectomy L5-S1, June 2005
2nd microdiscectomy L5-S1, Aug 2005