Yesterday I had my MRI, and while it was my 4th or 5th one or so….it was a little different experience for me. Maybe this type experience has been shared before with other members, but I wanted to share this, as it may help other members and visitors to understand what may go on while getting one.
First, the usual,…all clothing came off except a pair of shorts and a shirt, and socks…..all metal has to be removed. Since I had a "Stint" implant they had to make sure it was the type that could be allowed for the MRI. I also had on my paperwork that I had cancer at one time (Melanoma 2007)….so this in important as well.
Before I get into this too far, I did ask a question when I was signing in, and that was what was the cost without Insurance for the MRI's. The lady at the counter said she had the price list right there and shared that the "Cervical" MRI was $1865….and the Lumbar was $1985. For those of you with out Insurance, I thought this information might be of some value to you. Of course, this was here in a facility here in Wichita KS, and I'm sure the prices can vary from state to state, and facility to facility, but it should be close. Now, one thing that may affect the price, is the type of machine they use…Im not sure. Mine was done on a Tube type machine. There is also what they call an
open machine, which looks like a giant press.
I was scheduled for both a cervical and a lumbar MRI here, and that was done for two reasons,…one,... I have pain in both areas, and two,….My Dr thought I may not be able to get another MRI ever again once the pain pump is implanted. After a little research on my own….I think he is wrong,…however, I believe I still needed both of the MRI's anyway. So no Biggy!
As I stepped into the room they showed me a bottle and said they would be injecting me with it. I asked why, and she said since I had had cancer before, that anytime I get an MRI,... I should always have it done with "Contrast" and without "Contrast" ….as it would show up any cancer if it was on the bones. That was news to me…but I understood it. I know there are other reasons they do both, but if you have a cancer history…that is one of the reasons.
Now comes the fun part!….as I laid down, the nurse strapped a plastic housing over my head and that in itself was unnerving to me. I had never had any problems before, but when they went to put me in…I sorta freaked out, and asked to be removed pronto! That's odd!…I had never felt that way before…and I was embarrassed and apologized over and over to the nurses. I thought for sure I could do this…and we tried three more times…only to be removed. I was at my wits end here, and stumped!
I will say the nurses were some of the best I have ever been around…were very understanding about
it all. What they suggested was a shot of "Benadryl" ….but that I needed a driver, and approval from my DR….so a couple of phone calls and I was receiving 50mg of "Benadryl". Within 5min or so…I became very relaxed….almost to the point of falling asleep. I will have to say that the "Benadryl burned as it went in….but that quite a short time later. One more thing they did was to put a wash cloth over my eyes….and that in itself was a comfort as well. They also gave me a emergency button I could push if needed.
An hour later I was done, both lumbar and cervical, with contrast and without contrast. The wife was waiting in the reception area…..we were handed a copy of the images…and we were off to eat a early dinner.
I cannot tell you how ashamed and embarrassed I was after all of that….as I had never had it happen before. I have been in many a tight place in my life, so this surprised me to no end. However, I suppose it does happen…and lucky for me I happened to have some wonderful tech's there. I hope this experience will help someone here, and if not…well it's just another story here on the forum.
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Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 1/14/2012 7:35:44 PM (GMT-7)