Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Random Thought #10 - MRIs

I once heard the experience of having an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) described as follows:

Take a metal ironing board minus its cover and put it down on the ground. Stretch out on it with a metal wastebasket on your head. Have someone beat on the wastebasket with a rubber mallet for at least 20 minutes while you stay completely still.

This is an excellent description.

A friend's husband is having this procedure done today. Please feel free to support him by having your own faux-MRI.


Anonymous said...

MRI's and mammograms are both tools of the devil... unfortunately important tools for medical clarity, but evil none the less.

Jane said...

My last MRI, they told me I could bring a CD and listen to my own music to relax. HA! Like you can hear anything over that thing.

Anonymous said...

while crying.......every time I have to have one I cry the *entire* time I'm in there. Claustrophobia sux.


Mar-Cee-Ah said...

Oh, but ativan (sp?) is great to help relax you. Being claustrophobic, can't he get in at one of the "open" MRI places? My dad says its much better.

Sgt said...

The open ones take a lot longer to image.

I find it odd, that with todays technology, an MRI still takes so long, yet I go through the airport security and they can tell me what brand gum stick is in my wallet, which is in my briefcase.

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Ima Wurdibitsch said...

Hi Diva,
I agree. Personally, though, I'd rather have the MRI. They give me valium for MRIs. Mammograms are drug-free.

Jane, I had one open MRI and they put headphones on me and asked my musical preference. That was pretty cool.

Aw, Wormy. I'm sorry. I'll whip you up a pomegranate martini before your next one.

Hi Marcia,
Ativan does help, too. I've had both kinds. Unfortunately, from what they tell me, they don't get as much detail on the open ones.

Ridiculous, isn't it, SGT? I'm still waiting for those handheld dealios they used on Star Trek. No needles, no claustrophobia, just a quick scan/diagnosis/cure.