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MRI scan

gaz1960gaz1960 Member Posts: 190 Pioneering
Never had an MRI scan,got one coming up soon. 

Anyone who has had one,what was your experience like ? 

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  • MarkN88MarkN88 Member Posts: 1,272 Pioneering
    I had one last year. It was a weird experience but the staff were great. 
  • Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Posts: 4,011

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    Hi @gaz1960

    I've had a couple to look at my stomach and, like @MarkN88 , the medical team were really supportive throughout.  The thing I most remember is the banging noise of the magnets (!) but sometimes you're allowed to take music in to listen to while the scanning is underway.  My husband found his MRI that relaxing, he fell asleep!  Do you have any particular worries?
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  • Sandy_123Sandy_123 Member Posts: 1,538 Pioneering
    I've had a few @gaz1960 you've just reminded me I need to get in touch for another 1.
    You'll be fine they don't take long and you have air at the head end so you don't feel clostrophobic
  • cazza6565cazza6565 Member Posts: 44 Connected
    edited June 18
    yeah I have had a few. Just try to lie still as there isn't a lot of room for movement. Sounds like a washing machine whirring in my opinion
  • woodbinewoodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 4,454 Disability Gamechanger
    Hav had loads of MRI scans and i'm not a fan doesn't help that i'm a big bloke, you can usually take a cd with you that they will play whilst doing the scan, i find that helps.
    "Putting a child into care, isn't caring for a child" (T.Rhattigan)
  • gaz1960gaz1960 Member Posts: 190 Pioneering
    I'm guessing not much room to read a book then. Lol  :smiley: 
  • chiariedschiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 9,129 Disability Gamechanger
    I've had one, & also found the staff very supportive. I didn't feel claustrophobic in the slightest, & the experience was fine except for the loudest clunking noises which seemed random, so I was just waiting for the next one all the time! :)
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 6,591 Disability Gamechanger
    Had head; top half and full body. Travel light and eat little. Found them painless and the noise is generally something you can tune out with your own thoughts.

    Eat little because farting in a tube is not a good look.  
  • gaz1960gaz1960 Member Posts: 190 Pioneering
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 6,591 Disability Gamechanger
    The voice of bitter experience. Hot sunny day too. Don’t think they appreciated it. Then again I didn’t appreciate the follow up letter advising that I’d failed to attend having taken a bus and two trains there and back plus a 40 minute walk. Funniest climb down when I wrote a complaint suggesting they checked harder and included my time and date-stamped photos from my walk around a deserted hospital to their portable MRI truck. 
  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Posts: 4,324 Disability Gamechanger
    I have had a few mri scans I have been in the tube ones they aren't pleasant and there is alot of noise 

    I like the modern new ones better its like a big circular table you lye on like a tube that moves up and down you have to stay really still the circular mri scanner is open all the way round so it wasn't as bad as the old Type tube ones 

    Are you haveing a hospital mri or a potable one 
  • gaz1960gaz1960 Member Posts: 190 Pioneering
    Haven't a clue which the Hospital uses. But having been to the xray department this morning, I'm guessing it will be a tube one! 
  • DragonslayerDragonslayer Community Co-Production Group Posts: 1,125 Pioneering
    I've had that many MRI scans I think I own one. 😂 Full body, half body the works. Next one is head only. 
    The banging and clanging noise is the worst thing, but headphones and music are provided if you want them, or take your own along. Closing eyes help as well. I agree with @lisathomas50. The modern ones are the best.
  • innocent21innocent21 Posts: 35 Connected
    I had an MRI scan for a study where university students doing psychology and neuroscience wanted to investigate the relation between the psychosis spectrum and the autistic spectrum because recent science says that they're on opposite ends of the scale each with opposing traits.

    It's not scary or uncomfortable, just that it makes a lot of noise so you'll be given earplugs to protect your ears, and maybe even headphones to listen to music because it takes 30 minutes. I got to listen to Capital Xtra and was given a button to press if I wanted to ask a question while it was happening for in case I wanted to stop it. They even gave me images of my brain.

    They said to run an MRI scan once it costs £50,000.
  • HanzRoloHanzRolo Member Posts: 45 Connected
    I've had two MRI's on my lower back.  The first time was ok, though the music on the headphones didn't come on (that was pre-Covid).  I had no problems with it other than trying not to fall asleep  :D  The second one I was in agony afterwards from all the movement and then trying to keep still rather than anything to do with the machine itself.  I had to have help getting off of the scan bed as I couldn't get my legs to respond.  The staff were all great in helping me though to turn and get back on my feet and also to walk back to the changing area.  I took my own PJs along both times so I didn't feel uncomfortable in a hospital gown (but I guess that will depend what the hospitals are saying with bringing in your own stuff).  The worst bit about the second MRI was they put Queen on for me and I wasn't able to bop or sing along  :wink:
  • shazzawoodshazzawood Member Posts: 25 Connected
    I always find closing my eyes help and listen to music which they do provide.i don't mind them..just keep still.they even provided me with a foam block to support my lower back. 
  • gaz1960gaz1960 Member Posts: 190 Pioneering
    Met up with some of the guys from work,yesterday, talked about the MRI scan, the hospital has the old fashioned tube MRI. 
    That stupid ,hospital gown given! Omg! 
    Arms tied to side,headphones! Panic button! 
    Hhhmmmm,....sounds like fun! HanzRolo said:
    I've had two MRI's on my lower back.  The first time was ok, though the music on the headphones didn't come on (that was pre-Covid).  I had no problems with it other than trying not to fall asleep  :D  The second one I was in agony afterwards from all the movement and then trying to keep still rather than anything to do with the machine itself.  I had to have help getting off of the scan bed as I couldn't get my legs to respond.  The staff were all great in helping me though to turn and get back on my feet and also to walk back to the changing area.  I took my own PJs along both times so I didn't feel uncomfortable in a hospital gown (but I guess that will depend what the hospitals are saying with bringing in your own stuff).  The worst bit about the second MRI was they put Queen on for me and I wasn't able to bop or sing along  :wink:
    How can anybody stay still if Queen playing! Lol. ;) 
  • shazzawoodshazzawood Member Posts: 25 Connected
    Love a bit of queen I do and I do agree you wouldn't be able to keep still 😅
  • HanzRoloHanzRolo Member Posts: 45 Connected
    And it got to Innuendo and that's my FAVOURITE Queen song that you have to do dramatic moves to  :D That was definitely the toughest thing about my MRI :D 
  • gaz1960gaz1960 Member Posts: 190 Pioneering
    MRI scan results back,nothing i didnt actually know before! Only took 3 years to actually get an MRI scan! 
    Referrals on both scans!
    Just booked online! Hhhmmm...another 52 weeks! At two different hospitals for each problem! Only been waiting 3 years for the MRI scans! So,another year of twiddling thumbs! 


  • Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Posts: 4,011

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    @gaz1960 Eeesh that sounds frustrating, I'm sorry. How did you find the MRI scan itself?
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