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  • Mri scan

    Has anyone had an MRI scan before? what is it like? will I be able hold someones hand while its being done?
    Your difficulties are vaild

  • #2
    Depending what your mri scan is for, they are ok. Mine was for my knees. They can be loud but I was given headphones to wear and told to pick a radio station and it drowned out the sound. I wasn't allowed anyone with me, my mum had to wait in the waiting room.
    I found closing my eyes and if you are able to listen to music.. focusing on that can really help. The people doing the mri normally talk to you through it too. Mine took like 30 minutes.


    • #3
      The mri scan is on my head, oh no I want to hold my support workers hand :'( it says on the letter that I will wear headphone too
      Your difficulties are vaild


      • #4
        I have had an MRI of my back done before - I had to lie down and be slid into the tunnel like machine. It sounds very loud and weird but you just lie there really. It's not bad at all. You don;t have anyone in the room with you though so you won't be able to hold your support workers hand as mine had to wait outside.


        • #5
          Oh no evan if I explain to them about my past and show them a piece of paper signed by a police officer that I need a female in the room? to hold my hand to keep me grounded. Is it the tunel that moves around?
          Your difficulties are vaild


          • #6
            I can't say for sure but the usual procedure would be that you don't have anyone in the room. You would have to ring up and ask about your specific circumstances I just know that my support worker was not allowed in the room with me. The tunnel doesn''t move around it is still - you lie down on something that slides into the tunnel.


            • #7
              Originally posted by Lostsense View Post
              Oh no evan if I explain to them about my past and show them a piece of paper signed by a police officer that I need a female in the room? to hold my hand to keep me grounded. Is it the tunel that moves around?

              maybe you can request to have your support worker talk to you though the mic and speaker system? well you would have to find out if they have that first.


              • #8
                Thats a good idea
                Your difficulties are vaild


                • #9
                  Hi lostsense long time no speak.
                  I can understand you being nervous because I was too. I've also had one on my head.
                  You go into a tunnel about half wayish
                  And just need to lie as still as possible.

                  I don't think anyone is allowed to go with you. I know my mum didn't but that's because I just went in on my own anyway. I know inside the tunnel was a mirror which allowed me to see outside (cant remember iF I could see in front of me or behind me lol.

                  You could ask the nurse to keep talking you through what's going on or see if your support worker is allowed to talk to you like it has been suggested.

                  I know I could speak to them through a microphone too and While I can't remember properly I'm about 60% sure I was given a panic button.

                  When do you go?


                  • #10
                    Also I remember you telling me about taking something to a counselling session with you to help with the anxiety. As long as it doesn't contain metal how about asking if you can have it with you (hold onto it) while having the scan?


                    • #11
                      Hey lost sense

                      I've had several MRI scan on my head and back i look at it as a huge ring doungnut that your going through the middle . You will has a thing over your head and will have earphones on they will speak to you through them a erasure you , I gave them my phone so they could play my playlist I was given a panic button so if I felt panicky I could press it and they would stop and get me out xx

                      No one else is allowed in the room but I took a small teddy in with me every time to hold to make me feel less lonely , I found closing my eyes and picturing a happy place helped and it was over what I found very quickly

                      I know it seems very scary but it will be for the best and the people who do it know it very scary and they are soo helpful xx

                      If you have any more question just ask and I'll try and help .. I wish you all the best and good luck I'm sure you will be amazing xxx
                      Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.
                      Dr. Seuss


                      • #12
                        Hi OIAM 😁

                        Can I ask why you had one on your head and you horsemad?

                        I hate lying on beds brings back so many painful memories😬

                        Ah okay, maybe I'm just going to have to accept that my support worker will have to wait outside.

                        I will ask what has been suggested and thankyou for all the info guys 🌸

                        OIAM was meant to be in a couple of weeks but it was an evening appointment and my support worker only works 8am-12middday so I have asked for a AM appointment which they will send through the post to me.

                        Good remembering I do, its a little pebble I have. I will hold onto that 💕

                        Thankyou Horsemad xxx
                        Your difficulties are vaild


                        • #13
                          I have just had this done but they said theres no doctors (typically the NHS ey!) So my results will take 6-8 weeks to come back. I was only under the tunel for less than 5minutes..I thought I would have been under there longer..I'm worrying it didnt work because the man wanted me to take my tragus out and I never have took it out since I had it done so I couldnt 🤔
                          Last edited by Lostsense; 25-05-2017, 09:20 AM.
                          Your difficulties are vaild


                          • #14
                            Really glad it went well Lostsense, or at least was shorter than you were expecting! I don't know much about MRIs and piercings, but after a quick Google I found a Reddit thread with some (unverified) answers:

                            Quality body jewelry shouldn't be ferromagnetic. Even most junk jewelry shouldn't be. Most techs are going to be strict about it either because they don't know better or they don't trust the people they're talking to to know better.

                            If you know what the material is, let the folks doing the MRI know and that those two aren't removable. As long as it's not somehow blocking what they're trying to image, shouldn't be a big deal.
                            Basically, unless your piercing is magnetic it shouldn't have caused any issues. Asking you to remove it sounds like more of a precaution than anything else.

                            As a side note, I love your new avatar!
                            'Oh, you can't help that,' said the Cat: 'we're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad.'

                            'How do you know I'm mad?' said Alice.

                            'You must be,' said the Cat, 'or you wouldn't have come here.'


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Lostsense View Post
                              Oh no evan if I explain to them about my past and show them a piece of paper signed by a police officer that I need a female in the room? to hold my hand to keep me grounded. Is it the tunel that moves around?

                              The tunnel doesn't move around, it stays still. And maybe you would be able to hold someone's hand if you stay still and the person's hand does as well, but you would have to check to see. Depending on where you're having the scan, because if it is in the abdomen, you may have to do some breathing techniques so they can see clearer (it would just be breathing in really deeply, and holding your breath), so if you have any problems with that, and want to do your own breathing exercises, then talk to them.


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