Went and had the new MRI's done this morning. 3rd time in my life with MRI's, and this was the toughest for me. This is at an Imaging Clinic, also under the wings of MD Andersen, never been to this center before. They were using what they said is the newest cutting edge MRI machine out there, it was a General Electric "Wide Board". They said optioned out the way it was, it cost 3.5 million dollars, and was only 2 months old.
After changing into "scrubs", they forced my hips into a very unnatural and painful position, as they needed it extended as much as possible. Then they taped my knees, legs, and ankle into this position, so that there was no possible way to move or even twitch. Within a couple of minutes, the pain was excruciating. They covered me with a warm blanket, as the room was absolutely the coldest I ever remember being in, and after plugging in ear plugs for me, into the machine I went.
The machine, to look at it, is kind of a hybrid between an open Tube and an old school Closed Tube MRI. They said it had the highest penetration and resolution rate possible.
Having been through MRI's before, I was prepared for the closed in feeling (even turned down Valium for that), and knew there would be lots of creepy noises, I was ok with that part.
It took them 40 minutes to take all the different sets of images the doctor wanted. I lost counting the sets in my head after 12, there may have been as many as 14-15 sets.
As each set was approved by the Imaging Doctor, they were sending them electronically directly to the Ortho doctor in the same medical complex.
A few times, I almost got overcome with pain, and was about to hit the panic ball ( it was a hand held, wireless, rubber type ball - that if I squeezed it, it would have aborted the imaging run and rolled me out of the machine), but I resisted, not wanting to do this all over again.
When done, they had to untie me and help me up, I had severe knee, back, and hip pain going on at the same time. Wished I had brought someone with me to drive me home, but didnt think I needed it.
I will know the results at 11 in the morning, tommorow, Friday. I still have to hold on to the hope that there is no evidence of mets at this time, although the normally expected ortho related causes have been ruled out.
David in SC