Re: Has anyone had a MRI I am very nervous
Hi, try not to worry the tests aren't too bad. The MRI is open, your in a round machine, but it's open around you, so you can move and have space, your not closed in. Although your supposed to stay very still. There will be a technician that talks to you throughout the test. The machine itself makes alot of noise, so they will offer you earplugs. I've had over 20 various kinds of MRI's in the last 15 years most of them I fall asleep in, the throbbing noises that the machines make can be very "relaxing".
Depending on where you are they also offer Image Eyeware so you see pictures of relaxing images while your doing your testing.
Brain MRI's and MRA's are different if you have anxiety or are claustrophoebic, which I am, you will need to take the medication. For a Brain MRI, they place a Plastic Cage over your head. You will be laying on your back, looking face up, and the Cage has bars on the top of it so you can see out, but with the Cage on, when they slide you into the MRI, it feels very confined and claustrophobic. You need to take the medication, because if you get there for the test and can't do it because you freak out, they won't wait for you to take the meds and for them to kick in, they'll reschedule you. They have those tests scheduled back to back and someone will be waiting right after you, they don't let anything throw off that schedule. When I did my last brain MRI, they knocked me out as they wheeled me in the room, I don't remember any of it, when I woke up I was back in my hospital room.
And if your concerned about scars or someone seeing your scars, you'll be in a hospital gown and you change in a private area by yourself. So, nodody should have to see anything that you don't want them to see. If they do, just ignore it and don't say anything, odds are they will too.
Last edited by katlin09; 06-10-2012 at 12:24 PM.