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    My doctor ordered an MRI Scan for me. What is an MRI?

    Posted by Ravi Sohal on Thu, Nov 13, 2008
      
      
      

    MRI scan machineMRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. MRI scans are medical imaging tests that physicians use to discover, treat, and monitor disease. They use a strong magnetic field and radio waves to capture signal from internal organs. Computers analyze the data and create images for a physician Radiologist to interpret.

    An MRI scan can be used to image nearly every part of the body. MRIs are very good at looking at the anatomy of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and internal organs such as the liver, kidneys, heart, brain and spine. They are also be used by surgeons to assist in surgical planning.

    The technology is relatively new, but has been quickly advancing and millions of MRI scans are done every year. Here are some commonly ordered MRI scans and the sort of disease they are tailored to look for:

    • MRI Knee -- tears of the ACL and menisci
    • MRI Shoulder -- injury to the tendons and ligaments supporting the shoulder (together known as the rotator cuff)
    • MRI Brain -- detect Multiple Sclerosis, stroke, tumors, bleeds
    • MRI Lumbar Spine -- look for disc herniation, bulges, spinal canal stenosis, nerve root impingement in the lower part of the back
    • MRI Sella and Pituitary Gland -- find hormone secreting tumors
    • MRI Breast -- evaluate breast cancer tumors

    What to do before your MRI scan:

    It helps to be prepared in advance of your appointment time. You will need to get a Radiology referral or prescription from your doctor. Check to make sure the facility you choose takes your insurance plan and your plan has authorized the MRI. Get preparation instructions from the facility’s staff in advance. Although you should follow your doctor’s advice, you can choose a local imaging center to perform your MRI test. Our Radiology Search tool will help you find a Radiology center and learn more about your local imaging services (if you don’t find an imaging center in your area, please let us know).

    What to expect during and after your MRI scan:

    • The MRI scan appointment may take up to 1 hour. Plan accordingly.
    • You can’t take any metal, iPods, cell phones, etc into the scan room
    • Some scan rooms pipe in music. Ask if you can bring your own CD.
    • You may feel claustrophobic. If you know you are, let the imaging center staff know in advance.
    • An MRI scan can be very noisy. You should ask for or be offered earplugs.
    • Some MRI tests are ordered with contrast (aka dye). This requires an injection!
    • You may need to take a film or CD copy of your MRI scan to your doctor.
    • A physician Radiologist will interpret the MRI. A report is sent to your doctor.
    Have you had any good (or bad) experiences with an MRI? Is there an MRI center you’d recommend? Leave your comments below.

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    COMMENTS

    I am asking a question I was wondering how far into the machine will I go to have my knee done????? I was told I will go in feet first, but how far in will I be???? PLEASE answer me quickly I go on Dec.10/08, thnx so much.. Shelley

    posted @ Wednesday, December 03, 2008 8:17 PM by shelley


    Hi Shelley, most people will have to go up their hip level into the MRI machine for a knee MRI scan. Shorter people will of course go a bit further in...

    posted @ Wednesday, December 03, 2008 8:44 PM by Ravi Sohal


    thnx so much for your answer..... when I called the hospital to ask them they said I would go in just over my head, but I could not understand that when I am 5'9" my sisiter had it done and she is the same heighth as me and she went in the same up to her hips or not quite and she had her femer bone scanned... thnx so very much for answering me... Shelley

    posted @ Thursday, December 04, 2008 6:27 AM by Shelley


    I am asking about the MRI for my knee, why would the lady at the hospital I am having this at would tell me thet I would be the machine right up to the tip of my head will stick out JUST for my knee to be done I am 5'9" talll that sounds like to much to me haw can I get reasured by Wednesday when I have to go Dec.5 and suggestions????? thnx so much for your patients Shelley

    posted @ Friday, December 05, 2008 9:00 PM by Shelley


    Shelley, in my experience most people who get an MRI of the knee will go into the MRI machine's tube up to their hips, perhaps a bit more. If your hospital or center is advising otherwise, when you get to the facility check with the MRI technologist (the person who will be doing the scan). He or she will be able to give you the best answer about the protocols (how they set up the scan) they use. Good luck!

    posted @ Saturday, December 06, 2008 2:16 PM by Ravi Sohal


    how far do u go in for a neck scan

    posted @ Thursday, December 11, 2008 12:33 PM by sarah


    Hi Sarah, 
     
    For Neck MRI scans, your entire body will be in the tube. If you have claustrophobia, be sure to talk to your doctor and the Radiology department staff in advance.  
     
    Good luck!

    posted @ Friday, December 12, 2008 1:50 AM by Ravi Sohal


    my friend is getting an MRI scan done, as she has a pain in her lungs, what could this be?

    posted @ Saturday, January 31, 2009 7:05 AM by maria


    If a neck MRI took only about 20 minutes, will a shoulder MRI be the same?

    posted @ Friday, February 27, 2009 9:42 PM by emily


    Hi Emily, 
     
    Yes, a shoulder MRI should take about 20 minutes or so. It will take longer if you are having a MR Arthrogram of the Shoulder. This MRI test includes dye that is injected directly into the joint.

    posted @ Saturday, February 28, 2009 3:45 PM by Ravi Sohal


    I am having to go in and get and MRI, they think I might have tore my ACL will my head be in the machine I am closterphobic?...How long will it take for an MRI on my knee?

    posted @ Friday, April 24, 2009 5:10 PM by Kristine


    Kristine, 
     
    You probably will go in up to your hips (depending on your height). Most knee MRIs take about 20 minutes or so. Good luck!

    posted @ Friday, April 24, 2009 5:18 PM by Ravi Sohal


    thanks...and really? thats good im so scared to be closed in..and do you get to listen to anything? well thanks im gonna need your luck im so scared!

    posted @ Friday, April 24, 2009 5:28 PM by Kristine


    Kristine, If the machine is what is shown in the picture, you might not get claustrophobic. I am EXTREMELY claustrophobic and refused to see MRI machines pictures on the internet before my scan. When I went in there I requested to close my eyes and be guided to the machine. However, just before entering the room, there was a big window and I got a glimpse of it :) So much for tactics to avoid claustrophobia. Still if you feel you might get it, then take your favourite CD to listen to while it is taking place. Mine didn't work:). I was told burnt ones won't work. But luckily I did need anything. Hope this helps.

    posted @ Wednesday, April 29, 2009 7:34 AM by Mansi


    Oh and I forgot to add that the machine (which looks like the picture shown above) was pretty wide. Good luck!

    posted @ Wednesday, April 29, 2009 7:38 AM by Mansi


    hi i have just got my mri appointment thru it says mri head and mri iam test what is a mri iam test for plz thank you jacqui xx

    posted @ Saturday, June 06, 2009 10:13 AM by jacqui


    Jacqui 
     
    It might refer to the inner ears, iam - internal auditory meatus. This type of MRI scan is usually done for hearing loss, ringing, or dizziness.

    posted @ Monday, June 08, 2009 12:20 PM by Ravi Sohal


    hi thank you that explains it as part of my problem is dizziness painful ears and not always hearing things correctly or at all and neck jacqui xx

    posted @ Monday, June 08, 2009 12:31 PM by jacqui bates


    Im going for an MRI Brain Scan in 2 weeks and am quite scared. Once my body goes in the machine will it then go upwards? A woman at work has scared me to bits telling me it goes in then up!! Do you know how long I will be in the machine for? 
     
     
     
    Michelle Scaredypants!!!

    posted @ Thursday, June 11, 2009 2:08 PM by Michelle


    Michelle, 
     
    MRI Brain scans are done lying down on your back. You'll first lie down on the table of the MRI machine outside of the tube. The technologist will place a "coil" around your head - some look like over sized hockey guard masks. The table will move and you'll be advanced into the machine's tube. If your scan is with dye, after 15 minutes or so, the table will move out of the tube, you'll be given the IV dye and then advanced back into the tube. Check out our MRI scan video (link below). The patient is getting an MRI of the Brain. Look carefully just above his face and you can see the "coil." 
     
    Here is the link to the video: 
     
    http://blog.remakehealth.com/blog_Healthcare_Consumers-0/bid/9120/What-does-an-MRI-scan-sound-like

    posted @ Thursday, June 11, 2009 5:55 PM by Ravi Sohal


    How far will i have to go into the tunnel to have an mri of my wrist? I am very clausterphobic

    posted @ Tuesday, August 11, 2009 11:19 AM by jerry


    Jerry, 
     
    You'll probably be lying flat on your stomach with your hand/wrist above your head. You wrist will be inside of a "coil" - its a large plastic covered device. The tech will then advance you into the machine. If you're of average height you'll probably be in up to your upper chest. Taller people, less so.

    posted @ Tuesday, August 11, 2009 12:06 PM by Ravi Sohal


    I have read many many comments on MRIs and generally the problem of being claustrophobicseems to be one of the main concerns. I have had six MRIs and going for another next Thursday. I will admit it is a snug fit when the entire body goes in however with both ends of the machine open, being in a medical facility, and the music, I felt alright (I am claustrophobic). What bothered me most is being unable to move for so long. My last was on my wrist and it seemed like eternity with my arm over my head. I would just like to add that if you must get the MRI and have concern, remember when you are laying there uncomfortable that it is a necessary step to repairing a problem. It seems to help the time go faster and gives it a purpose that is positive. Good luck all. They are not that bad.

    posted @ Wednesday, August 12, 2009 10:44 AM by Tommy


    I am to have m r i scan of stomach they said I will go in feet first -does that mean my head will be out in the open as I am claustophobic

    posted @ Sunday, August 30, 2009 3:06 AM by patricia


    Hi Patricia, 
     
    You'll probably be nearly completely in the tube.

    posted @ Sunday, August 30, 2009 11:32 AM by Ravi Sohal


    Do you have your head in the machine for a pelvic MRI? Is there an opening on both ends of the machine? 
     
    Pretty scary, thx for you help.

    posted @ Saturday, September 19, 2009 8:04 PM by nicole


    Hi Nicole, 
     
    Your head won't go in, but depending on your height, you'll probably be up to your chest into the tube. If it is an open MRI the sides are open. If a closed MRI,then no - it will be a complete tube. 
     
    Good luck!

    posted @ Saturday, September 19, 2009 8:26 PM by Ravi Sohal


    Hi, Remember me scardeypants? Well I've had my MRI Scan and although I was in there 30minutes the time went quite fast. I took a CD with me and worked out that each song is approx 3min long, so I would have to listen to roughly 10 songs and then it would be over. 
     
    The scan was no were near as bad as I thought it would be.  
     
    Try not to worry! 
     

    posted @ Friday, September 25, 2009 10:55 AM by Scardeypants


    I'm going for a MRI scan on my lower back/waist and legs....how far into the scanner will I be....I'm 5'11'' tall....thanks 
     
    Steve

    posted @ Tuesday, September 29, 2009 2:40 AM by Steve


    Hi Steve, 
     
    You'll probably go in about half way up your chest.

    posted @ Wednesday, September 30, 2009 7:09 PM by Ravi Sohal


    I went for a MRI scan on my neck last night. I was scared but let me reassure everyone there is absolutly nothing to worry about at all. 
     
    You can stop it whenever you want but there was no need. I was in head first all the way and yes it is a bit noisey but it is no worse than listening to some techno music. 
     
    Seriously don't worry about it. The fear of the unknown is far worse than the event itself. i would be more than happy to have another one now I understand whats involved.

    posted @ Thursday, October 08, 2009 4:12 AM by Phill Y


    I had a MRI done to day on my neck and spine and lower back. the problem is, is it normal to be sore and hurt from my waist down? only a few hours after having it done.

    posted @ Thursday, October 08, 2009 8:41 PM by willa


    my doctor ordered a mri scan with contrast but they didnt use the contrast why is this?? did they find something so they didnt need to use it?? need answers worrying

    posted @ Thursday, October 15, 2009 11:45 AM by lisa hallam


    do i go in the mri machine feet first for a thigh mass scan

    posted @ Tuesday, November 17, 2009 8:06 AM by neal


    Hi Neal, 
     
    Yes, for an MRI of the thigh you'll go in feet first and probably up to your chest.

    posted @ Tuesday, November 17, 2009 9:51 AM by Ravi Sohal


    I am having an mri scan on my ovary 
     
    Iam severely claustrophobic, will i go in feet first and will i be completely in.I am 5'1.

    posted @ Thursday, December 03, 2009 10:40 AM by Lynne


    Hi, My doctor has ordered a brain MRI as I had pain , visual disturbance and confusion( which she tends to think is migraine) and I have also had expressive dysphasia which has gotten increasingly worse over the last months. She has asked the radiographer to exclude S.O.L. - any idea what that stands for? Thank you!

    posted @ Saturday, December 05, 2009 7:11 AM by Rebecca


    Hi Rebecca, 
     
    SOL means space occupying lesion. Essentially your doctor has ordered the MRI to look for a brain tumor.

    posted @ Saturday, December 05, 2009 11:37 AM by Ravi Sohal


    Hi i have to have a MRI scan for suspected menieres, but if that is not found and there is something else causing my problems would this show up or will it just discount menieres and mean i may have to have further MRI scans to find the problem. I ask because i am very claustophobic and really very frightened

    posted @ Friday, January 08, 2010 7:28 PM by worried


    My daughter is getting an MRI done today and the paper work her doctor gave us says MRI with S contrast. I was wondering if anyone knows what the S contrast is. Thanks in advance.

    posted @ Thursday, January 14, 2010 9:25 AM by Jeremy


    Hi Jeremy, 
     
    The "s" means without contrast. A "c" means with contrast.

    posted @ Thursday, January 14, 2010 1:24 PM by Ravi Sohal


    Hi I asked a question earlier on the 8th JANUARY  
     
     
     
    you didnt answer but have answered others after my question. 
     
     
     
    Is there a reason for this ....

    posted @ Thursday, January 14, 2010 3:11 PM by worried


    Hi worried, 
     
    Unfortunately I can't answer your question due to its medical nature - you should talk to your doctor.

    posted @ Thursday, January 14, 2010 4:00 PM by Ravi Sohal


    I am scheduled for an MRI scan to check a "mass" in my uterus. I am severely claustrophobic. Will my entire body be in the scanner? They already know I am clostrophobic and said I can have a sedative to calm me, but I have had ativan, etc. and I know that will NOT suffice!! HELP!!!

    posted @ Wednesday, January 20, 2010 3:24 PM by Kelly


    Had an MRI head scan without contrast two weeks ago. Letter received today saying they need to do further imaging with contrast to conclude their report. What does this mean.

    posted @ Friday, January 22, 2010 7:15 AM by Claire


    I just had an MRI on my head (Brain?) yesterday and I wanted to tell you that it was not bad at all. I was a little worried after reading some of the comments here beforehand, but maybe because I was expecting something very negative, it actually turned out to be a fine experience. I even thought the noise were funny at sometimes. I was originally told by my doctor's office that I would be listening to music or possibly watching a movie while I had my MRI done, but the doctor informed me that since it was for my head, I could not have the earphones so I would only have the ear plugs. :( I was a bit disappointed, but it didn't worry me. I didn't even have to take off my clothes, which I thought I had to. My concern was my gold fillings in my teeth, but they were perfectly fine with the MRI. I was in the machine for 25 minutes or so without contract. I could hear the tech telling me how long each scan would take, like a minute and half, or three minutes or ... I think 5 minutes was the longest. I was closing my eyes most of the time and stayed still and just relaxed thinking about whatever... Then I was brought out for the shot of Gadolinium based dye. The tech did a beautiful job - no mess, no pain. I was slid back into the machine again and then I was there for another 15 minutes to do about 3 ~ 4 more scans. I did feel cold inside of my body after the dye was injected, but it didn't make me sick or anything. My doctor recommended me to drink at least 1 and half litter of water the day before and about 2 litters afterwards, which I did. I can say that I had no side effects from the MRI. I really recommend that you drink a lot of water before and after your MRI so the dye would be washed out of your body quicker. The result will be given to me in a few days. My doctor ordered an MRI on me just to make sure that nothing bad was going on there since I started to have a strange, rather loud ringing in my head. She checked my balance, blood pressure, hearing, this and that and found nothing wrong, so she wanted to make sure that nothing strange is going on in my head. I hope not. I think it might just be the stress I have been under these days since the ringing started in the middle of an intense conversation with my business contact. I just wanted to write in to let anyone who is about to have the MRI know that most people who didn't have any problem won't write in so do not worry about what you read here too much. I feel bad for people who had a bad experience with their MRI, but I do think that most people have no problem with it. Good luck!

    posted @ Thursday, February 04, 2010 12:03 AM by Michele


    I've had a MRI of my brain-the results stated several micro hyperinsensitivities. Anyone know what this means?

    posted @ Monday, February 08, 2010 12:06 PM by sharon


    I have been told I need a Gadolinium MRI scan and something about IAM. What does this mean?

    posted @ Monday, March 01, 2010 1:00 AM by Sue Friis


    ihad a head and spine MRI. it was not bad at all. total time 1 1/4 hrs. I counted to 100 over & over and said hail marys...also had the dye injection. previously some time ago I had one done on my anke.

    posted @ Wednesday, March 03, 2010 7:12 PM by leona pflepsen


     
     
     
     
     
     
    I thank GOD for this site and for the relief that we all seem to share in knowing that we are not alone. I had my first MRI 02/26/2010 for my neck and spine with out contrast. The Dr. wrote the order and handed it to me with out a word or hesitation. I guess that confidence was the reason that I did not research MRIS before the MRI. 
     
    A list of sympyms: 
     
    FLASHING LIGHTS 
     
    Buzzing in ear 
     
    Hearing a radio in the background 
     
    Moving particles in the air 
     
    Loss of memories 
     
    Impaired depth perception 
     
    Out of breath 
     
    Twitching 
     
    Loss of musle control 
     
    Hair on my head became one knot 
     
    *Moments of clarity 
     
    Crying as to squeeze the tears from my stomach, with a taste as you smell before an electric storm 
     
    Fingertips purple and numb 
     
    No sense of time 
     
    Weakness 
     
    achy 
     
    Arm hair missing

    posted @ Sunday, March 07, 2010 12:49 AM by Morine R Singer


    Hi, can anyone tell me will my head and shoulders be in the MRI tunnelwhilst having a knee scan and how long do you think it will take? i am so anxious about it as i suffer with Panic attacks especially in confined spaces but know i have to have it done but am getting myself all worked up about it?? Thank you. x

    posted @ Wednesday, March 10, 2010 10:45 AM by zo zo


    im having a mri scan on my knee do you have to have an injection or anything else before you have the scan?  
     
    thank you  
     
    Deano

    posted @ Friday, March 26, 2010 6:04 AM by deano


    I'm having an MRI done tomorrow on my brain an i was wondering if they put me all the way in the tube?

    posted @ Tuesday, April 13, 2010 1:31 PM by Crystal


    Hi I have to have a mri scan on my lower back, hip and leg .. does anyone know how far into the scanner i'll be .. i'm 5ft 6, thanks lucy.

    posted @ Tuesday, April 13, 2010 6:05 PM by Lucy


    Crystal -- you'll be nearly completely in the tube. 
     
    Lucy -- for the lumbar spine - it depends on how it is set up but you could be quite a bit in the tube.

    posted @ Wednesday, April 14, 2010 2:58 PM by Ravi Sohal


    Hi. I had a MRI today of my toe. It was ordered WITH gad? contrast. After about 40 minutes, the tech came in and said I could go. I asked about the ordered contrast and they said the radiologist got the information he needed without the contrast. 
     
    What does this mean?

    posted @ Tuesday, May 04, 2010 5:18 PM by Dana


    Hi, I'm getting a knee MRI tonight and I'm really scared!!!! I get chlstraphobic really easily and I hate loud noises and I'm in alot of pain and I want to get as much advice as possible, please help?

    posted @ Tuesday, May 04, 2010 6:18 PM by Lynn


    Hi Dana, 
     
    It's hard to say without more info. If it was to look for a fracture - then probably the Radiologist saw the fracture and decided to stop there without proceeding to give contrast.

    posted @ Tuesday, May 04, 2010 7:53 PM by Ravi Sohal


    I had an MRI 4 weeks ago & since the MRI I have been sufering from a burning skin sensation to the upper part of my body I am in extreme pain I have been having medication but the the pain is still there when the mecication runs bown Plese help me.

    posted @ Tuesday, May 25, 2010 2:48 AM by Anthony Falzon


    i'm getting an mri done on my brain and i was wondering, should i be scared when i'm getting an MRI done? its my first time. if you getting your head examine what do you expect from MRI? please help me

    posted @ Thursday, June 03, 2010 5:52 PM by Jamie Gore


    I am having a MRI tomorrow on my lumbar and Thoracic will I be all the way in the MRI machine. I am 5'6.

    posted @ Thursday, June 03, 2010 9:03 PM by Bernice Montgomery


    Jamie, 
     
    The MRI should take about 30-40 minutes. Key is to remain calm. Some people their eyes closed the moment they are put on the table and not look as they are going into the tube. That helped me for my recent MRI! 
     
    Bernice, 
     
    Expect to be all the way in for your MRI.

    posted @ Thursday, June 03, 2010 9:52 PM by Ravi Sohal


    I came across your site while looking for answers about the MRI process. It appears very informative and it's nice that you are taking the time to answer individual questions. Your site is a great resource.

    posted @ Friday, July 02, 2010 7:14 PM by Adi


    I have been scheduled for an MRI of my upper bicep & shoulder. As I am claustrophobic, I wondered if my whole body will be in the tube, and if there will be anything close to my face. Thanks for your reply

    posted @ Tuesday, July 20, 2010 10:46 AM by Fay


    Hi Fay, 
     
    Your entire upper body will be in the scan tube. Yes, tube is quite close to your face (even for an open MRI).

    posted @ Wednesday, July 21, 2010 9:23 PM by Ravi Sohal


    Hi there, although I have went for a MRI before for my lower back, I freaked out while in there and I am not claustrophobic usually...I am now going for a MRI (with dye) on my liver and wondering if I would go feet first or head first into that lovely machine....I have ATIVAN on hand just incase they tell me head first again. Any help would be great! Thanks

    posted @ Monday, July 26, 2010 9:38 PM by Jennifer D


    Hi , 
    I've got an mri scheduled for my pelvic scan. I'm petite(5ft tall)and claustrophobic. I'm pretty sure most of me will be in the scanner . Can someone let me know the approximate size of the bore.(vertical and horizontal clearance) 
     
    Many Thanks, 

    posted @ Tuesday, July 27, 2010 8:16 AM by kirti


    Kirti, 
     
    Your whole body will be in the scan tube. The tube length varies by manufacturer and model - but generally the closed MRI tubes are between 6 and 7 feet.

    posted @ Tuesday, July 27, 2010 10:48 AM by Ravi Sohal


    Thanks for your response Ravi. 
     
    I'm back after a visit to the radiology dept to see the scanner. The staff sounded very supportive.Less worried now. Thanks again.

    posted @ Tuesday, July 27, 2010 12:50 PM by Kirti


    I have to have a mri on my wrist. Do I have to get an IV or anything? And also, how far do I have to go into the machine?

    posted @ Monday, August 09, 2010 5:31 PM by Kaitlyn


    Kaitlyn, 
     
    Whether or not you get dye depends on why you are getting the scan - you should ask your doctor if he/she ordered it with dye. 
     
    Wrist/hand MRIs can be difficult to position - so you may be partially in the tube.

    posted @ Tuesday, August 10, 2010 1:22 PM by Ravi Sohal


    I'm having an MRI next week as a follow-up to a CT that found four brain tumours (benign, they think.) The MRI is also going to check my entire spine for any tumours as well. 
     
    I realise that my entire body will be in the machine, but my question is: how long will I be in there? I am very claustrophobic....if I start to panic, will they let me out for a bit to calm down? I'm asking in advance for as much sedative as is legally allowed, so hopefully I will just pass out for the procedure.

    posted @ Wednesday, August 25, 2010 11:40 AM by Tanya Lea


    Tanya, 
     
    You'll be in the scanner for a long time if you're scheduled to get all 4 scans on the same day (MRI Brain, C spine, T spine, L spine). Plan to be in the scanner for 1-2 hours. And yes you will be in the tube.  
     
    Many facilities will break these up into two sessions: MRI Braina and C spine and then another day for the T and L spine.  
     
    However, if you are getting contrast then you will want to try to do all 4 in one sitting so as to avoid additional dye injections.  
     
    Discuss this with the facility in advance and good luck!

    posted @ Wednesday, August 25, 2010 12:49 PM by Ravi Sohal


    how will I be positioned for an MRI of my shoulder and how far into the machine will I have to go?

    posted @ Sunday, September 12, 2010 7:11 PM by lou


    Hi, 
     
     
     
    I just found this site and thank goodness I did cause I'm having an MRI on my kidneys in a couple of days and I was wondering how far would I have to go into the machine? I hate loud noises which is kind of my problem(and slightly claustrophobic). Thanks!!

    posted @ Monday, September 13, 2010 11:15 PM by Mystie


    I read the post about shoulder mri. If your upper body is in to your waist I think I might not be so claustrophobic. Besides, you can see the light at both ends? Please let me know. Thank

    posted @ Thursday, September 16, 2010 8:39 AM by marcia


    Hi Marcia, 
     
    Yes you'll in the tube to your waist level. However, you won't be able to lift your head up and look down and see the light outside of the tube. There are strips of light inside the tube though.

    posted @ Thursday, September 16, 2010 9:18 PM by Ravi Sohal


    To Marcia: The tube is very well-lit and airy, so it is best to keep your eyes shut, and you will not get the claustrophobic feelings. You have a panic button in your hand, and if you relax, knowing you are not trapped, it will not be an unpleasant experience. The technician will inform you of each step and the time should go quickly for you. I also took diazapam to relax me about an hour before. All the best, Fay. By the way, I didn't notice if both ends of the tube were open.

    posted @ Friday, September 17, 2010 9:19 AM by Fay


    My mum is having an mir scan on her brain. Could you let me know if she has to go right through the scan or will her feet be sticking out.

    posted @ Monday, September 27, 2010 4:45 AM by marilyn hobbis


    Marilyn, 
     
    She'll probably be nearly completely inside the scanner tube.

    posted @ Monday, September 27, 2010 11:52 AM by Ravi Sohal


    Hi there I am going to have a MRI because I have had twitches/tremors in various parts of my body. I am scared since I do suffer from anxiety and some claustorphobia though depending on how much space I have so I really don't know? Should I consider being sedated? I really don't know what to do please Help! 
    Will my whole body go into this machine since it is the brain they may look at?

    posted @ Tuesday, October 05, 2010 10:37 PM by Maria


    Maria, 
     
    Yes, your whole body will be in the scanner for a brain MRI. Ask your doctor for a relaxant. Some of the other patients who have posted here have some great tips. Check out the post on MRI and claustrophobia.

    posted @ Tuesday, October 05, 2010 10:49 PM by Ravi Sohal


    hi im having a shoulder MRI where i have fluid put into my joint. how long would that take? and how far do i go in as i am quite costrophobic??

    posted @ Friday, October 15, 2010 1:24 PM by sam


    Sam, 
     
    You'll be nearly entirely in for a shoulder MRI.  
     
    The "fluid" aka arthrogram part is done using a different xray machine. That's done first followed by the MRI.

    posted @ Monday, October 18, 2010 12:23 AM by Ravi Sohal


    I am having an MRI scan on my shoulder. how far into the tube will i go?

    posted @ Monday, November 15, 2010 1:25 PM by Mememe


    Mememe 
     
    You'll be nearly entirely inside of the tube for your shoulder MRI.

    posted @ Tuesday, November 16, 2010 1:02 PM by Ravi Sohal


    I am quite nervous about my upcoming MRI. Can someone please tell me about the process as it relates to doing a Rotator Cuff. Thanks

    posted @ Thursday, November 18, 2010 7:38 AM by Ed Predki


    i went for an mri it was scarey did not like been in that tunnel i felt really stupid is ther any way you can have an mri beening put to sleep i was in ther for about 2 min 2 long

    posted @ Friday, November 19, 2010 7:35 AM by pamela


    I was wondering; I had an MRI brain scan 3 years ago (it was fine for me, they played music, was over sooner than expected) but when I went to the nurologist or who ever he was to tell me about my scan, he pointed at a black part that surrounded my brain and told me that "this part is from the injection" it has been bothering me since as I stupidly never asked about it as I NEVER had an injection! What else could this dark bit be?! I tried asking me local Doctor about it but they just told me its "nothing" and not to "go into it further" I don't want to live with regret over it, please, please! Help me! Thankyou, Maegan

    posted @ Monday, November 22, 2010 9:32 PM by Maegan


    Am having MRI today for episode three days ago of vision problems, extreme fatigue ans a bit of slurred speech, Cat scan showed no evidence of stroke,so what is she looking for now?

    posted @ Saturday, January 15, 2011 12:41 PM by Victoria


    lower lumbar mri scan,lower back how farr in and am i back??

    posted @ Saturday, January 29, 2011 3:19 AM by Merrill


    Merrill, 
     
    You'll be in at least up to your shoulders, possibly further depending on your height and the exact type of scanner.

    posted @ Sunday, January 30, 2011 8:54 PM by Ravi Sohal


    I am going for an MRI of my ankle to rule out a stress fracture. Will that require contrast dye? Also, I believe for an ankle MRI you go in feet first, but how far in will I go? I am 6'2".

    posted @ Thursday, February 10, 2011 1:45 PM by Mike


    Mike, 
     
    For an ankle you'll only be in up to your knee/thigh area (depending on the machine). Usually contrast is not required for a stress fracture.

    posted @ Friday, February 11, 2011 9:55 PM by Ravi Sohal


    I went for an MRI on Tuesday 8th on my Lumbar spine, and i was fine going in, but once the bed stopped and my music started i was totally freaking out. I was very very claustrophobic and had to be took out of the scanner and the nurse sed my face was really red, i was shaking and felt really faint. I have to be reffered back to my dr to see what else they can do. It was the worst experience ever and i won't do it again in a hurry.

    posted @ Wednesday, March 09, 2011 6:51 PM by chrissy


    MRI on the liver. Feet or head first? Length of time test takes? 
     
    Thanking you.

    posted @ Friday, March 11, 2011 10:07 AM by Jan Keen


    Jan, 
     
    You'll probably go in feet first (but sometimes, head first). The scan time will depend on multiple factors including type of machine, reason for the MRI, contrast injection, etc. Expect to spend about 1 hour. Key is to follow the "breath hold" instructions. Holding your breath for as long as possible when the technologist tells you will help get high quality images.

    posted @ Friday, March 11, 2011 12:45 PM by Ravi Sohal


    The doctor thinks I have a benign tumor in my finger. I had an MRI to rule out other diagnosis. I had the MRI yesterday which took 2 hours. First they had me on my back and then they put me on my stomach. Today I received a call that they want me to comeback tomorrow for another MRI. When I asked why she just said they want additional scans. Has this happened to anyone before? Do you think they just didn't get the scan done correctly? They told me this scan would only be an hour. I am not looking forward to it! Let me know why they would need to redo the scan. Thanks. Suzanne

    posted @ Thursday, March 17, 2011 1:00 PM by Suzanne


    Suzanne, 
     
    MRI for fingers can be quite tricky and sometimes some of the scans have to be repeated to get good images. Perhaps the Radiologist who reviewed it afterwards thought so. Also, if you didn't get contrast, this is almost always required to rule out a tumor...

    posted @ Saturday, March 19, 2011 9:09 PM by Ravi Sohal


    Hello, I have to have a MRI This week. It is on my Lumbar will I have to go in head or feet first. I am 5'3". And it is a close MRI what does that mean???

    posted @ Sunday, March 20, 2011 7:25 PM by Vicki Frye


    Hiya, 
    I'm being referred for a head MRI. How far in will i be? i ask because i'm very overweight, and although i have to date lost 58lbs i will most definitely not be slim by the time i have my scan.  
     
    I am concerned because at first the consultant said he didn't know if i would fit in, he then called to check and they said no wider that 60cm, now at my widest point (my hips) i am larger than that.  
     
    Any advice??

    posted @ Tuesday, March 29, 2011 8:46 AM by flutterby


    Hey, I'm geting a MRI soon on my back. The dr. thinks its a Herniated Lumbar disk. And I'm realy scared! Will I have to go all the way into the tube? I'm 5'6 1/2" And is it true you get a IV? I don't like needles.

    posted @ Wednesday, March 30, 2011 4:31 PM by Anju


    Flutterby - the best thing would be to go to the facility and ask for a "trial" run before your schedule the test. 
     
    Anju - MRI of the low back (lumbar spine) usually requires you to go nearly all the way in to the tube. You won't need dye if it's only for a herniated disc. Dye is given if you've had surgery in the past, or your doctor wants to rule out infection or tumor.

    posted @ Thursday, March 31, 2011 12:54 AM by Ravi Sohal


    I am getting an MRI done tomorrow on my lower back. I have had sharp pains (especially after sitting and while standing up and walking after sitting) since June. I am very nervous about it, and I was given no information from my doctor. When do they use dye (I wasn't told whether or not it will be used) and will I be completely in the tube? I am 5'7" Thanks!

    posted @ Sunday, April 03, 2011 11:54 PM by Amanda


    I have an MRI booked for tomorrow evening. i was wondering how long roughly it takes to receive the results of the scan via the doctors surgery. If anyone can help that would be great thankyou!

    posted @ Monday, April 04, 2011 5:42 AM by Michelle


    Is there another position besides laying on your stomach with your arms above the head for an MRI of the wrists? I have b/l AVN of the ankles and hips I can't lay on my stomach. I also have problems with raising both shoulders above my head.

    posted @ Wednesday, April 13, 2011 4:35 PM by Lisa


    HI all,I went for an mri on my knee last night,13th april 2011...was told going in up to my hips..but after they clamped a thing on my knee i was put in up to my neck and I freaked out grabbed the assistant by the throat as my arms were out behind my head...they quicly removed me,I told them I was a bad claustrophobic after being trapped once in a car accident and had to be cut out.They lied to me about distance u go in machine....I went home and vommited all night and slept one hour and now nearly 24 hours later I am so hyped up...omg..so I can never have an mri I know that not for 2 million dollars...so my bad knee will be with me forever..they offered sedation but I wont take the risk as I actually know a person who woke up from it in the tube and screamed for 5 minutes...is there any newer sort of technology that can be used,some said there are new mri''s that llok like a CT scanner like a big donut....help please???? I live in sydney Australia and my age is 27years thnx folks I await any replies god bless....

    posted @ Thursday, April 14, 2011 4:27 AM by solara clarke


    Your site is really a great help, my wife got MRI and the ersponses attached helped her a lot about the probable environment.

    posted @ Monday, April 18, 2011 5:40 AM by FM Qurashi


    I just had a mri done on my brain. I was so so nervous that I really considered taking medication for I can be claustrophobic. But I decided not to take any medication for the nerves. I got to see the machine beforehand and I spoke to a really nice technician and it turned out bearable and I didn't freak or panic. Mine took half an hour. What they did and maybe this will help other people is that they put a cloth over your eyes and that made it all the difference. This calmed me down. I didn't go all the way in as a big portion of my legs were not in the machine. There are openings in both sides of the machine. I'll be ok to do an MRI next time and without medication! Hope this helps other people. Good luck to all. It is not a big deal.

    posted @ Wednesday, April 27, 2011 10:54 PM by Maria


    This is in response to being claustrophobic in a regular MRI machine. You can do some checking and find what they call an Open MRI machine. They produce a much clearer image and your not stuck in a tube like the regular MRI's. I hope this helps, and good luck with everything.

    posted @ Thursday, April 28, 2011 7:15 AM by Kenny F


    How far will I have to go into the tunnel to have an MRI of my liver? I am 5' 0".

    posted @ Wednesday, May 04, 2011 8:50 AM by Julia


    This website was very helpful. I had 3 MRI's back to back. The first 20 min I almost had a panic attack because I was afraid to move. I asked for a break after the first MRI which they don't like to do because they want you in the same exact spot. The next hour I was fine, once I realize I could move certain parts of my body; just try not to move the part that they say (my back). I just wiggled my hands and feet. I would also recommend stretching before instead of sitting in the waiting room. Maybe that's just me, but it helps with circulation to keep limbs from falling asleep.

    posted @ Saturday, May 07, 2011 3:04 PM by Jackie


    my mri spine lumbar and sacral mri have on 16th jun m realy scared can u tell me wat is in .is it easy for breath . 

    posted @ Tuesday, May 10, 2011 2:56 PM by rabia


    Julia, 
     
    For an MRI of the liver you'll be entirely in the tube.

    posted @ Wednesday, May 11, 2011 12:57 AM by Ravi Sohal


    im having an MRI tonight on my lower back. I really frightened of enclosed spaces and worried i`ll have a panic attack. Any ideas? ive even thought about cancelling, but my husband would probably divorce me!!

    posted @ Wednesday, May 11, 2011 11:07 AM by katie


    I have posted this once before. If you are unable to handle the tube style MRI, then you will need to find a open MRI. Talk to your doctor about then, or search on Google for one located near you. You will be completely in the open, and they return a much better image than a traditional MRI.

    posted @ Saturday, May 14, 2011 4:36 AM by Kenny F


    I had a MRI scan with the dye (for the liver) at beg of May. I was very nervous, and read lots of comments on this web page. I can honestly say that the whole experience was fine and not at all how I imagined it would be. I felt totally relaxed and found it quite a nice experience. I went all the way into the machine. Please, if you are awaiting a MRI scan, dont feel frightened.I do hope this reassurance will help. I would have loved to read something like this before I had my scan. DONT WORRY!!

    posted @ Saturday, May 14, 2011 8:38 AM by jan keen


    having an MRI of the brain tomorrow and I am sooooo worried! about side effects. is there any side effect? 
     
    thanks

    posted @ Thursday, June 09, 2011 11:08 AM by TAYO


    I just had MRI with contrast on Brain yesterday. I don't know what side effects it has on brain yet. But the experience of contrast injection is terrible.

    posted @ Tuesday, June 14, 2011 3:48 PM by Linda Wanz


    Negativity does no good for anyone, especially when you are waiting to have an MRI scan. Its not all bad. Please, please please, less of the bad (of which I couldnt see any) and more positive coments. Yes, I have had a scan. Head first, all the way in the scanner, with contrast, so I had the lot. A little bit of inconvienence is all it is. Lay down, relax and have a nice rest...and lets have a bit more positivity on this web site. I appreciate that some people do like to dwell on things. Come on people, admit it, It's not that bad!!!

    posted @ Wednesday, June 15, 2011 4:01 AM by Jan Keen


    Due for MRI of cervical spine. Extremely claustrophobic. Asked about open MRI and was told they only do this for brain and spine. Can you get good results with open MRI? My appointment is Thursday. I would love to request an open MRI if it will net good results. Thanks for any answers.  
     
     
     
    Jeri

    posted @ Sunday, July 03, 2011 9:52 AM by Jeri


    @Jeri The open MRI will actually provide better results from everything I have read here in the US. It does not distort the image like a traditional MRI does. I would get a second opinion if your doc is telling you they only use open MRI's for brain and spine. It can be used for anything, and your doctor should be aware of that fact. They may just be trying to keep you at their hospital if they do not have an open MRI available for you.

    posted @ Tuesday, July 05, 2011 10:12 AM by Kenny


    I have done recently a MRI scan in the Netherlands, and i am moving to the states. I want to do a MRI scan every 5 years, and i was wondering if the doctors can understand my CD-rom with the results from my scan in the Netherlands. Is there a difference between Dutch and USA scanners?

    posted @ Thursday, July 14, 2011 6:52 AM by Mri scan


    can you do an MRI for torn ACL in knee and ovarian cysts at the same time?

    posted @ Tuesday, July 19, 2011 11:29 PM by liza


    I had 4 MRI scans in one day: brain, shoulder, neck forward, neck backwards. I was literally in the machine for almost 2 hours. That seems like a lot of time to me. Should I be concerned that the doctors didnt split up my visits into 2 different appointments?

    posted @ Tuesday, July 26, 2011 2:00 PM by Jennifer Hart


    Hello everyone, I have had a few MRI's in the past two on me knee when i had torn my ACL (twice) and then again on my pancreas all with no trouble. Then quite a few years later i developed an anxiety disorder and have really bad panic attacks. I went in to get an MRI on my spine and i totally lost it once i started to go into the tube. I am 6'5 and have extremely broad solders. So I had an open MRI done and i was even able to have my wife in the room with me. So needless to say that was great. Now I must have another MRI this time on my brain to check my pituitary gland. I wanted to do an open MRI but that would not be a good choice due to the fact that open MRI machines do not take as high of resolution pictures as a standard MRI machine. I had known that from the past but still wanted the open MRI, however tomorrow I will go for my MRI in a regular machine. Will i go in head first for the scan? If so how far?

    posted @ Tuesday, August 16, 2011 5:52 AM by Mike


    I have a Dr. appt today,and i know that my Dr. is going to reschedule me another Mri for my neck,but i am extremely claustophobic and i dont know what to do.I am always asking how long will it take and theyll tell me abt 20mins i think that is to very long to be under a machine.But i really want to know why is my Right arm,shoulder,and neck swollen...But i am to scared to go under that machine for so long.So i am just wondering,is there anyway i could get a MRI other going under the machine with that thingy around my neck?Plz i need answers can u plz help me?

    posted @ Wednesday, August 17, 2011 10:04 AM by Shanita Williams


    My Dr. ordered a MRI for my sholder and lower back (in Hammond LA). My company sent me to work in Frederick MD for 3-6 months. Doctor will not send an order to MD hospital. What can I do?

    posted @ Monday, September 12, 2011 7:38 AM by Sonny Gilstrap


    I am scheduled to have an MRI of my back or spine. My question is, when the data is analyzed and interpreted by the Radiologist, will other organs in the area be looked at as well, and can unsuspected problems be diagnosed? Specifically, I am wondering if there were any problems with my heart could it be noted during this MRI for my back?

    posted @ Thursday, September 15, 2011 3:21 AM by Julia


    i am heading tomorrow in 8 hours to OPEN MRI WOODBRIDGE,NJ 
    DO NOT WORRY I HEAR YOUR NOT AT ALL GOING TO BE SCARED OR CLAUSTROPHOBIC 
    FOR THE WIDE-OPEN SPACIOUS MORE COMFY OPEN MRI,DO NOT BELIEVE PEOPLE WHO SAY YOUR NOT ABLE TO GET GREAT QUALITY WITH A OPEN.DO IT! 
    YOUR ABLE.AND I AM GOIN TO ALSO LET U ALL KNOW HOW I TURN OUT. 
     
    ADIOS! 
    NIGHT. 
     
    AND P.S. THE CLOSE MRI FROM CAR ACCIDENT LAST NOV.I WENT TO IN MARCH THIS YEAR I FREAK OUT NEVER WENT BACK,NOW FINALLY FIND INSURANCDE TO PAY FOR OPEN ONE FOR TOMRROW.SO I AM VERY HAPPY.AS I DO HEAR THE OPEN MRI IS A PIECE OF CAKE WIDE OPEN HAPPY BOUT IT TOO. 
     
     
    GOOD LUCK TO ALL. I GO AT 9 IN MORNING. I CAN'T WAIT ACTUALLY GET IT OVER WIT FOR SHOULDER AREA AND BACK,BUT IT IS ALL OPEN SO I AMGOOD TO GO. 
    NO CLOSE MRI EVER AGAIN AFTER I FREAK OUT THE 1ST TIME I WALK OUT OF THAT 1. 
     
    OPEN MRI I AM HEARING IS A PIECE OF CAKE,FROM MY NEIGHBOR AND INFO ON NET. 
     
    lizette and jose hernandes on 
    facebook 
    nj/philly tri-state 

    posted @ Wednesday, September 21, 2011 12:41 AM by lizette and jose hernandes on facebook


    I am having an MRI of my knee this Thurs. and I am extremely claustrophobic how far will I have to go into the machine?

    posted @ Tuesday, October 18, 2011 8:40 AM by Debbie


    I am scheduled for an MRI for my thumb on Saturday because I keep spraining it. I am very nervous after hearing far too many horror stories from friends at work. I hope it goes as well as others here have talked about and that I get answers sooner rather than later about what is going on with my thumb.

    posted @ Tuesday, October 25, 2011 9:52 PM by SN


    oh LIZETTE and Jose thank you for that a piece of cake is what i like to hear lol 
    but i know i will let all know how i do with a STAND UP MRI UPRIGHT YAY! 
    i had a car accident,lookin at nice $ settlement min, 10,000 maximum 50 grand. 
    so i am happy out of work and in law school now,so it will help me relax a bit with big money in the bank. i fail a close MRI sat up 2x that was it lol i told them schedule me OPEN MRI then fail this too IMO? there is no diff between the two not if your CLAUSTROPHOBIC 
    so i m so very happy! i get the sit down or stand up MRI and i go today 
    45 min.let u know how i do! 
     
    bye! 
     
    Farrah Wells. 

    posted @ Wednesday, October 26, 2011 1:42 PM by Farrah, New Jersey age 40.


    hello just so anxious and curious..for a lumbar low back mri do i go in all the way? i am 5'7. thanks so much

    posted @ Friday, November 04, 2011 5:47 PM by irena


    FIRST EVERY 1 i have return to report as promise!  
    thx for email to me recently 
    i did the standup MRI nothin like it omg. piece of CAKE i love it.all done now settlement time. 
     
    and to the woman 5'7 ok firs tof all yes,your going ALL WAY IN. 
    sadly lol 
    yea. 
     
    your medium tall is my sister 5'7 without shoe on. or heels etc. 
    so i know this much when she did a scary LOL CLOSE lumbar/spin/herniate disc, 5 years ago she hate it so much cry all the way drive her home lol 
    but she was ok afterward a couple of naps in the day and was well worth it she got paid lol 15k for a small accident NOT bad,would have got more if her insurance policy was over 15/30,000 
    and the other driver was same liability amount,(she was hit by a man as my recent accident,ran the stop sign!) 
     
     
    when i went and i am sure almost 
    positive as my sis your goin to have to unfortunately go ALL THE WAY IN,good luck! 
     
    and do as i did, 
    take the Fancy BRAND NEW! well for some places here in nj i went for 
    the STAND UPRIGHT MRI OMG SO COOL 
     
    i was happy wit it so much! 
    got three herniated disc,so i am 
    get a nice piec of change i hear 
    soon december around holidays or new year! 
     
    HATE OPEN MRI,is really same as 
    the close just a lil wider not much 
    do the sittin'down/stand up MRI. 
    ask! do it. 
    do not be con into doin close 
    or open.ASK for the stand up one. 
     
    or sit down MRI. 
     
    easy piece of cake,just got to stay REAL STILL. 
     

    posted @ Friday, November 04, 2011 10:22 PM by FARRAH WELLS


    yes your going all the way in so be prepare. the woman 5'7.yep.my sister 
    had to.good luck ask for another MRI 
    if your not panicky within first 1 sec lol your good to go! 
    most are. 
     
    claustrophobia allow you to go do as i did just 2 weeks ago a MRI 
    UPRIGHT! SO EASY. 
     
    from farrah. 

    posted @ Friday, November 04, 2011 10:24 PM by farrah age 40. NJ/NY Tri-state.


    I have to have an MRI of my cervical spine. I need to know if I will be totally in the machine? How long will I be in the machine? Will I go in the machine head or feet first?

    posted @ Sunday, November 06, 2011 2:24 AM by Jamie Jones


    Hi I am going to have a MRI for my head and I some questions how far in the tube would I be (my hight 5 feet 6 inches)

    posted @ Wednesday, November 09, 2011 12:15 AM by Jas


    I'm going fo a MRI for frozen shoulder. How will my arm be positioned. Will it be by my side or any other position? I can't move my arm and am scared they are going to hurt me like the x-ray techs did.

    posted @ Friday, November 11, 2011 8:32 AM by Sally


    I went in for an mri today of my head and neck and it was the worst experience I have ever had. I was fine and calm when I first went in I had my eyes closed and was relaxing, I noticed my hands got sweaty, but I felt fine. After about 5 minutes my head got to feeling weird, like it was buzzing and I felt awful I immediately pressed the panic button. And the tech took me out. I was shaking and about to cry, the technicican was nice and said that this happens sometimes. I have had a headache all day and felt nauseas and dizzy also. I will never have on again unless I am totally unconcious. I really want to know the cause of my head and neck pain but I wont go through that again. I have not read any texts that talk about the buzzing in you head, why would I react this way. Every one else who I have talked to have said it is uncomfortable but not unbearable. Is my anxiety the cause.

    posted @ Tuesday, November 15, 2011 9:16 PM by Sally


    I need to have a breast MRI to monitor my cancer and one for my shoulder, Can they both be done at the same time. I am extremely clausaphobic and do not want to go into the tube twice.

    posted @ Sunday, November 20, 2011 3:40 PM by Darylene


    I have cancer and have got to have mri of pelvice and stomach.  
    Can any tell me the dosage of valium suitable and when to take it as some people say the effect wares  
    s off before the finish. I am VERY claustrophobic. thanks

    posted @ Tuesday, December 06, 2011 7:42 AM by juliett


    Im 13 and I'm about to get my first MRI done. It's going to be a lumbar spine MRI. I'm really scared and would like to know what to expect. Can anyone give me insight on what to expect when I have to get it done. How long will it take? What does it sound like.

    posted @ Tuesday, December 27, 2011 9:08 PM by Cassie


    My sister was suggested to take MRI scan to check the function of Ovaries. A cyst of some size along with dimenstions was found in the right ovary. Consultant has give some tablets to reduce the cyst, After 6months he is done CT scan and concluded the cyst has disappered. we were very happy.  
     
    since my sister had no children, he suggested to go for laparascopy. And after the operative laparoscopy he said my sister has only 1 ovary and right ovary is missing.. Is this possible that MRI will show wrong report or the cosultant is lying..?? please help us know.

    posted @ Tuesday, January 03, 2012 6:01 AM by SADHANA


    I was sent for an MRI scan by my doctor, this was not possible because the space was to small. I do not usually suffer from clausaphobia but I am quite a broad fellow and I felt like a cork being forced into a bottle has this happened to anybody else and what was your solution.

    posted @ Wednesday, January 04, 2012 4:09 AM by Kevan


    I am very thick down bellow, Im Sixteen and i've had to have mri's since the age of 8 And every time ive had to be sedated you HAVE to speak your doctor and have a planned date to be sedated and put in the machine. It can be done but you really have to push for it.

    posted @ Wednesday, January 11, 2012 1:56 AM by


    hello everyone! I had something that was butter me, but i didn't know what happen. It was making the right side of my back hot than i realize i need to see a doctor but instead i see a chiropractor i told them my back was hurting they was what did i do? because i am 17.than they said maybe i need an adjustment. one did something to me laying on their mat my back crack so loud i was like omg. my back was in a serious bad condition after 2 visit they ask how i feel i said it not good but the heat stop. than they say they don't know what to do? i told them on the first day to take an x-ray they didn't when they did one of my lumbar was out place. it only bother me when am sitting down now. My question is it going back in it origional place? or should i go in a hospital to say "MRI" but if i go in hospital i'll need insurance but i don't have one. because they might charge me way too much money?????  
     
    'your helpis much appriciate"

    posted @ Sunday, January 15, 2012 8:46 PM by Andy


    I'm having 2 MRI's done next week. One of my C-Spine, and the other of my L-Spine. They have diganosed me with Spondylosis in both my neck and back. How long will both scans take, and is Spondylosis a bad thing?

    posted @ Tuesday, January 17, 2012 11:38 PM by SugarFan


    I understand MRI's of the head, for I had one a little over a month ago, however, this time, they put something on my right finger right before I went in the chamber this time? What was it and what is the difference if it was not used like a couple of weeks ago? I wanted to understand it better, they told me there, but my memory is bad.

    posted @ Saturday, January 21, 2012 8:02 PM by Beth


    I have to get a MRI done on my wrist and kind of scared so will i be in the mri all the way, I think I' 5feet and 9 inches long. and how long does it take Really worried and scared. first one

    posted @ Thursday, January 26, 2012 10:42 AM by Bridget


    I have to have an MRI of my foot. How far into the machine will I have to go?

    posted @ Tuesday, January 31, 2012 11:20 PM by Vaughn


    Dear Vaughn, 
     
     
     
    I had to have an MRI of my foot once when my doctor thought there was something under the skin of my foot, hurting it. The only part that goes in is the foot, and maybe as far in as your leg or hip. You will be placed foot in first, and must keep the foot very still for the pictures to be accurate, as I had trouble doing that with my nervous condition. i hope this helps.

    posted @ Thursday, February 02, 2012 4:55 PM by Beth


    I have an mri on Feb 6 of LS spine. Have been having pain in my lower right sight towards my hip, and down into my leg, and lower back throbbing pain. Will this mri show a problem with an ovarian cyst? It is an open mri because I am claustrophobic and have severe panic attacks. Is there anything you can take to relax you enough for it? I have tried taking 2 mg of Ativan and it did not help for a closed mri. Thanks!

    posted @ Friday, February 03, 2012 2:36 PM by kellygirl


    I have now had several MRI's and some places are better than others. 
    First place didn't have anything to help me get up off the table, I have a back injury and I feel more damage was done when they pushed and pulled me around, I cried in pain, something I haven't done since I was a kid. 
    Second place was much better, had something for me to hold onto to pull myself up, no dramas. They also had a mask to put over my head/face, it was to enable me to watch tv. Also played music for me. I do get slightly claustrophobic, but was able to handle my head in the machine while able to watch the "tv" it seems to make the machine look less closed in. The first one I had on my hips, nearly all the way in and knees, head out.

    posted @ Saturday, February 04, 2012 1:13 AM by Wendy


    I am only 18 and having an MRI for a slipped disc on wednesday, im so scared i wanted to know 
    . Will i be able to breathe properly? 
    . If i need to can i get out? 
    .Will the noise make me jump? 
    . Can anything bad happen? Can i die? 
    Also i am very claustrophobic.  
     
    Thankyou  

    posted @ Monday, February 06, 2012 4:13 PM by Yasmin


    I am scheduled to have an MRI to check for a pinched nerve in my lower back. I am 5 ft how far will I have to go. Into the machine? Will I go in feet first? I am really worried I am claustrophobic . I take an anxiety medication on a regular basis so not sure if I can take additional one.

    posted @ Saturday, February 11, 2012 6:39 PM by June


    It makes sense to me that feet first is right because I needed and MRI of my foot once and I was on a flat table, and went into the chamber feet first. They give you an emergency bulb to hold while in the chamber if you reach any troubling point where you absolutely need the technicians. I used earplugs for my head MRI's because of all the noise they cause. I hope if you had this test already, all went well.

    posted @ Saturday, February 18, 2012 6:32 PM by Beth Boberg


    I have had a migraine for about a month. Not a day has gone by that I have not suffered from these. I go for MRI & an MRA tomorrow. Its taken two weeks after scheduling to have this done. I was adopted but my mother died from an anurism and my daughter suffered 3 strokes at the age of 15. My daughter kept headaches and they never seen anything till it happened. She is doing well now, she is a beautiful 21yr old young woman now. She is partially paralyzed but lives on her own and does well. Anyway, my fear is that these Dr's may not see anything with me and it could end up being serious and maybe even to late by the time they see something. I'm scared.

    posted @ Monday, February 20, 2012 10:06 AM by Toni McGuire


    The doctor thinks I may have torn the meniscus in my left knee so sent me to a specialist who ordered an MRI scan. I am also having pain in my right knee and I told the specialist. A few days ago I heard a pop in my right knee and it hurt going up and downstairs twice then went back to the normal pain. I just wondered if they scan both knees or just one and how I get them to scan both knees if they only scan one.

    posted @ Thursday, February 23, 2012 4:14 PM by Alison


    I am to have a mri for a neck injury i am very claustrophobic and have been told because i am over weight that i will have to go to a special place for it .i am very worried about this and would like to know if there are mri machines that are open ones as i get panic attacks aswell please help

    posted @ Friday, March 02, 2012 5:31 AM by julie


    Hello, 
    I am getting a mri done on my upper part o my leg to rule out plantaris tear or Achilles tear. I am 5'8" and i am worried about going all the way in. I am severely claustrophobic and i don't know how i can handle this. Any advice will do. 
    Thanks

    posted @ Saturday, March 03, 2012 3:22 PM by Jennifer


    could anyone well tell me i have a mri scan on my gall bladder and like to know if i be in the tube a long time or will my bed be stuck out and what the sde affect

    posted @ Monday, March 05, 2012 6:16 PM by alan


    I had an MRI done on my spine T-S, do the radiologists see everything and can they pick up on problems with your organs that you don't know about while they are looking , thank you.

    posted @ Wednesday, March 14, 2012 2:54 AM by Maryanne


    I was sent to the ER by my PCP do to a serve headache (18 Hours +) and high blood pressure 220+/?. ER ordered a Cat Scan and then a MRI i was billed 30 days later by the Radiologist for reading a MRA. 2 months later I get another bill from the same Dr. for reading a MRI on the same date. I only had 1 MRI. Are the MRI and MRA done at the same time? Is this double billing?  
     
    Thank you for any information you can supply on these two procedures 

    posted @ Thursday, April 19, 2012 4:36 PM by Tom Tveitnes


    For a lumbar MRI, will I be on my back or stomach?

    posted @ Sunday, May 13, 2012 2:43 PM by colleen


    Hi, I had an MRI for rotator cuff injury but they did a lumpar Spine MRI. Is this correct? Or will I have to go back. I am claustrophobic and went the whole way in. It only took 10 mins and wasn't that bad!

    posted @ Sunday, May 13, 2012 4:05 PM by Anneo


    Hi I'm twelve and might be having an MRI on my hips I am really really scared. How far in will I go? How long will it take? Im sooooo scared!

    posted @ Tuesday, May 22, 2012 3:55 PM by Lauren


    I have just completed an MRI of my brain and spine as a step in diagnosing or ruling out MS. My doctor ordered the MRI with contrast, however the technician said that it was not necessary. What could this mean? Is the contrast not needed to accurately view any possible new, old, and/or active lesions? I am very frustrated.!! 

    posted @ Wednesday, May 23, 2012 4:16 PM by Nicole


    I need to have an MRI on my hip for a possible stress fracture. How far in the tube closed or open do I have to go? Head or feet first? Will my head be out? Thanks.

    posted @ Wednesday, May 30, 2012 12:06 PM by Wendy


    I am going in for a knee MRI...will I be in to my knee only? I also read something about tattoo 's and skin sensativity..what does that mean? I have one on my ankle and lower back.

    posted @ Tuesday, June 05, 2012 4:35 PM by Bren


    I am claustrophobic and had my first MRI of the head and "C" Spine on 23rd April, 2012, in Australia. I didn't think I could do it. I had 1 valium 2 hours before my scan and another 1/2 on arrival. At first I panicked a little when they placed the cage over my head (before I went into the tube), I felt terrible (I hate any situation where I am not in control). I tried it again when they said it only takes 10 seconds to slide me back out if I panic and 2 seconds to remove the cage. I said I would try it again, they gave me a button to push if I needed them to remove take me out quickly. I went into the machine, it wasn't too bad, I didn't wan't music because the headphones gave me even less space under the cage around my head. I just had earplugs which muffled the sounds (but they were ok). I also had a mirror above me so I could look in that and could see outside the MRI machine. They talked to me and told me how long each part of the test would take, they said I was doing really well and asked if I was ok, it truly was ok, I was quite relaxed (very much to my surprise). I do suggest having a valium or 2 before your test if you are claustraphobic or have panic attacks. Try to remember you are there to find out if something is wrong, you and your family need to know one way or another so try and be brave. I am only 5 feet tall so I was nearly all the way in. I'm sure if I can do it, anyone can. Good luck and remember, if you believe in God, he will be with you every step of the way and never leave you.

    posted @ Tuesday, June 26, 2012 12:49 AM by Lou


    I have to contrast dye I have so many alleges and asthma so I am afraid.

    posted @ Wednesday, July 18, 2012 1:10 AM by sally freudenburg


    I'm having an MRI done this Friday for a fractured tibia (lower left leg). It's at an OPEN MRI place, but I'd still like to know how far under the magnet I'll be...will it just be from my hips down?

    posted @ Monday, July 30, 2012 12:23 PM by Suzanne


    I have to go through MRI for LS- spine.  
    Upto which part of my body will get inside the scanner?

    posted @ Wednesday, August 08, 2012 11:51 AM by Kumar


    Why am I having an MRI to determine if I have back problems or kidney. The Dr. didn't respond to my question.

    posted @ Friday, August 17, 2012 11:22 AM by Linda W


    im having a mri on my brain and left ear poss tomur im so scared has anyone out there has had this test done befofe please tell me your exerp and how lng were you in there they are going to give me meds they say that i wont know whats going on but i will be awake whats up with that please help me.

    posted @ Friday, September 21, 2012 2:36 PM by sherriekelly


    I am having an MRI of the lower lumbar for sciatica pain. I was wondering how far my head will go into the MRI machine.

    posted @ Wednesday, October 03, 2012 7:27 PM by Bridget


    folks, dont panic an mri is an awesome experience, enjoy, if you really think you wil freak out, tell them in good time, a valium will take the edge off, but relax breathe , you will be fine, had a brain scan today with right arm strapped down-post stroke no control of it, i have seen inside my head, amazing, oh they give you a panic button, if it gets too much they will pull you out in no time

    posted @ Tuesday, November 06, 2012 2:59 PM by andrew


    My daughter went or an MRI tonight. Half way through they stopped and said she needed contrast dye. I was not prewarned this would happen. Now I'm so worried can't slept wondering what ey may have seen on scan without contrast to warrant administering tg dye. Sooooo petrified.

    posted @ Tuesday, November 27, 2012 7:45 PM by Clare


    I have to go for a liver MRI and was wondering how far i have to go in the machine and how big the tube is? I'm not sure if i have claustraphobia and i have heard horror stories....HELP!!!!! I'm also 5'11"

    posted @ Wednesday, January 16, 2013 2:36 PM by Tabatha


    I have to hey an MRI tomorrow and I need to know how far I will have to go in it is for my lower back. Thanks

    posted @ Wednesday, January 23, 2013 2:34 PM by Misty


    I tried to ask my doctor if a Lumbar MRI will show all the way to below my tail bone and he is too erogant to reply. I feel like I am sitting on a golf ball and want to be sure when they do the lumbar MRI it will show that low. Can anyone just give me the answer?

    posted @ Thursday, February 07, 2013 11:03 PM by mary


    Hi I have a pelvic scan to do in the MRI machine but I extremely claustrophobic. I am 5 feet. will my head be out of the machine? p.s. It is a closed machine.

    posted @ Friday, March 01, 2013 6:54 PM by Gemma Richards


    Does the MRI of IAC also show the sinus areas as well as the internal auditory canal?

    posted @ Thursday, March 21, 2013 1:16 PM by Jennifer


    docotr asked me to go for the brain Mri scan,but i could not do it twice because of the lying down position,do we have a standing or sitting mri scan in india anywhere for brain mri scan

    posted @ Monday, April 15, 2013 3:01 AM by rohit


    I am being tested for Rheumatoid Arthritis or MS.Can a doctor get a more concise diagnosis with an MRI? My appointment is on May 15th.

    posted @ Tuesday, April 16, 2013 10:50 AM by Dianne


    Could anyone help me with this question my uncle has suspected throat/mouth cancer and he has to have an MRI he has tried to have it done but freaked out when the mask was put over his face is it possible to have the scan done without the mask or are there any options that could help him.

    posted @ Sunday, June 02, 2013 12:20 PM by Tina


    CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT MY COLON CANCER ON MY RIGHT HIP ,REALLY WORRIED ABOUT IT.HAVE TO HAVE OPERATON SOON THANKYOU .JOYCE G. LANHAM

    posted @ Sunday, June 16, 2013 3:55 PM by joycelanham


    My cousin went for a brain MRI today. They asked him to come back for another MRI in 3 weeks time. They wouldn't tell him why. Is it normal to get 2 done in 3 weeks, or is it something he should be concerned about?

    posted @ Wednesday, June 19, 2013 12:55 AM by Alta


    For someone who has had many x-rays, MRI's or head CT's in my life, my surgeon has mentioned that the more often you go for an exam like this the more exposed you are to radiation, no matter how small it is. If your cousin hasn't needed many of these tests too close together and too often, then there is no harm, no foul here, as it is just a diagnostic test to find out if something is wrong. I need a head MRI myself in July, for severe headaches, and to check my brain cyst out.

    posted @ Monday, June 24, 2013 7:18 PM by Beth


    Having mri scan this week, on my sinus, due to me having adenoids removed he ordered it so quickly plus it's with contrast, what's he looking for? And how far in will I be, can I ask there and then if it looks ok, thanks worried

    posted @ Monday, July 01, 2013 7:29 AM by phil


    For an MRI on the sinus(es) to have your adenoids removed, your doctor could be looking for infection, polyps, which are tumors growths, in order to discover what may be wrong with your adenoids, or why they need removing. Doctors want to make sure there is no infection for sure before they do any surgery, so an MRI test can help discover that. Adding "contrast" allows the doctor to visualize your sinuses and adenoids better as well.

    posted @ Friday, July 05, 2013 7:09 PM by Beth Boberg


    I have to go get an MRI done on my ankle. I get claustrophobic easily. I would like to know if I will be put all the way into the tube and if it will require any injections.

    posted @ Thursday, July 11, 2013 8:43 PM by Leanna


    I had a MRI brain scan two days ago and want to share my positive experience. 
    I am very claustrophobic and initially i was very worried i may not be able to withstand the scan. 
     
    I am happy so tell that i got thru it and it is not as bad as it seem. 
    First of all, you will be in control because they will give you a 'ball' to squeeze if you want to stop the scan. The feeling of being in control helps tremendously. 
    Secondly, there will be a series of loud rhythmic noise. This is very helpful because it distract and occupies the mind. 
    Third, while inside i started counting. The counting helps to occupy the mind and also keep track of how long more to finish. I counted 17 minutes inside the tube. 
    Lastly, always remember that we are doing it for our benefit and our family. 
    Hope this helps and good luck!

    posted @ Friday, July 26, 2013 4:50 AM by Liew YH


    My brain MRI is coming up on the 31st of July. Ask for earplugs because the noise in the chamber is crazy. Music doesn't "drown" the sound at all. (make it less noisy). I wake up to shunt headaches daily, and now I have to get it looked at in about 24 hours. When I still hear those sounds, evn with the ear plugs in, I try to associate them to sounds you know, a street drilling, a ping-pong match, etc. I swear, doing such an association helps a bit, especially if you are listening to one of them for 4 minutes!

    posted @ Tuesday, July 30, 2013 11:52 AM by Beth Boberg


    Hi, I am having an MRI on both my wrists soon. It is my first one and I'm a bit scared. How far will I have to go into the machine and how loud will it be? (I have sensitive hearing)Thanks in advanced

    posted @ Friday, September 06, 2013 5:33 AM by Brooke


    Any enclosed MRI will be loud and annoying. I usually get brain MRI's, but had one of my foot once that was only hard for me because of my nervous condition to not twitch my foot, and keep it still. Closed MRI's are done for other body parts, or if people are afraid of closed MRI's. Also, music selection while listening to those awful noises they need to use didn't help me, but earplugs that you can request instead, and maybe pretending those sounds sound like something in the real world, such as construction drillers, video game pong, or whatever, helped me, for my head exams. I am not so sure how a wrist one is, as I have only had one of foot once before only, and am sensitive to MRI settings. Hope this helps. 
     
    Beth

    posted @ Sunday, September 08, 2013 3:42 PM by Beth Boberg


    Hi I got my first MRI Pelvic scan soon just wanted to find out does my whole body go inside the machine and how is the experience? Thanks

    posted @ Tuesday, September 17, 2013 5:45 PM by Emma


    so scared now my mri next yr but always thinking every day and night.make me crazy to see a huge machine.and to much worry pls help me.

    posted @ Friday, November 01, 2013 5:48 AM by marianne


    having a open MRI of my brain., I have a loop heart monitor in my chest, will the open MRI be okay to do.

    posted @ Saturday, November 09, 2013 5:39 PM by barbara foster


    Had a MRI of Lumbar spine, the last one I had was 2 years ago. It showed a large herniation and compressed nerve roots, and a few other things from an injury I suffered a few years prior. My question is since the lady determined I didn't need contrast, does that mean nothing has changed since the last one, or is the contrast used only if they suspect a tumor? My back pain is much worse and I am worried that it isn't going to show what I'm complaining about pain wise. thanks.

    posted @ Thursday, November 14, 2013 10:46 AM by Pam


    I am going to have a MRI on my knee, I am 5'5 how far will be going in? I don't do well in close quarters.

    posted @ Tuesday, December 10, 2013 12:03 AM by Debbie


    Debbie, the first thing you should do is find out if it is an enclosed MRI, or an open MRI. For people who don't like close quarters, I would find that out. Also, I have had an MRI of my foot before, and that means no more than the lower half of your body will be in the "enclosed chamber" if it is not an open procedure, like some are. It is important to remain very still for the exam the whole time, as the tech need accurate pictures of your knee. Stuff to know and find out from someone who has been there. 
     
    Beth B.

    posted @ Thursday, December 12, 2013 7:38 PM by Beth Boberg


    RE: Implants in your body 
     
    I for one have a programmable VP shunt in my ventricles of my brain. It requires reprogramming after an MRI to check for any changes in its setting that might affect me. If you have anything implanted in you and need an MRI, make sure first how safe it is, and that it may have issues to deprogram certain implanted devices. 
     
    Beth B.

    posted @ Wednesday, December 18, 2013 5:31 PM by Beth


    my doctor sent me for lumbar scan as have lower backpain wit numbness. i went inside but feared and i told the radiologist to remove me. i went inside three times but couldnt take it. it was last year may and i stil have the problem what do i do. yesterday i was sent for brain scan how is it done for am still in fear. please help

    posted @ Thursday, January 30, 2014 4:32 AM by shallom


    Hi, 
     
    I'm getting an MRI on my right hip, lower back and knee. I have an extreme fear of needles so will I need one for it, you know the ink injection thing?

    posted @ Sunday, February 23, 2014 1:27 AM by Sarah


    Sarah, you should ask questions for the technician who is doing your MRI to answer. Explain that you don't like needles, and ask if they need to do a contrast dye exam with your MRI, as that requires a small IV. Good luck.

    posted @ Monday, February 24, 2014 8:00 PM by Beth


    Hi I am due to have an mri on my lumbar region will this cover the pelvic area as I get a lot of pelvic pain as well 
    Thanks in advance

    posted @ Monday, March 24, 2014 4:20 PM by Donna


    Remember about MRI's, if you are scared of enclosed spaces, the doctor should see if an open MRI is right for you. It is not in all cases, but is good to find out.

    posted @ Thursday, March 27, 2014 7:09 AM by Beth


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