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   Posted 10/19/2008 10:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anybody ever had one?
Do I have to get injected with that Barium stuff, through an IV?
Just wondering what to expect, I have to go tomorrow night and get one.  
28 Yrs
Newly diagnosed with Crohns

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   Posted 10/19/2008 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't recall any need for Barium in MRIs - only for x-rays. There was something about drinking fruit juice to improve resolution in the stomach area, but certainly not by IV.

Post Edited (Keeper) : 10/19/2008 10:54:13 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/19/2008 11:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I had MRI's a while back, abdomen/pelvis, to view the liver. When I had it done, there was IV contrast. I don't think it hurt as much as CT contrast but I don't remember exactly. If they use contrast, be sure to drink a lot of water afterwards to flush it out.

Is it an open MRI? If not, it is a very tight fit. I'm a small person and could barely spread my elbows out. You spend a while in there so if you have any issues with claustrophobia, let them know. I just closed my eyes and I spent so long in there I almost fell asleep. It is loud so I was given headphones.

From what I remember the hardest part was holding my breath in order to stay perfectly still. I had to stay still for like 30 seconds every time they took a picture.

Good luck. It's not bad.

July 2007 Drug-Induced Liver Injury
January 2008 Crohn's Ileitis
Currently trying...
Entocort, Enteral Nutrition, Omega-3 (Flax Oil and Fish Oil), VSL#3, Vitamin E

Post Edited (Illini) : 10/19/2008 11:53:41 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/20/2008 12:34 AM (GMT -6)   
If you have pain in your hips, it's going to be barely tolerable... I stiffened up so bad when I was getting an MRI done... thought I was going to cry...

It really sucked, too... because after all that, I still didn't find out what was going on... At the very least, though, avascular necrosis was ruled out... so that's a good thing...
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.

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