Posted 2/18/2020 6:21 PM (GMT -6)
Ah, yes ---the MRI "tunnels" -- I am over six feet tall, and now I request the wider MRI machine at Mayo Clinic.
Fellows - you have to make this request in advance, when booking your scans - IF your treatment center offers the wider MRI machine. It's worth asking!
Be your own advocate, and ask about possibilities. I found out about the wider MRI scanning machine by happenstance.
For the choline scan at Mayo Clinic for Dr. Kwon, holding my arms outstretched behind my head wasn't comfortable. I asked the technicians for other options. I now have my arms placed at my side for the scan, and am far more comfortable.
In my case, after I developed "chemo veins" after chemotherapy infusions, it became increasingly difficult to insert IVs into my arms. My arms began looking like a dartboard, with few "darts" hitting the bullseye.
In more recent times, IVs are now inserted into the tops of my hands, when contrast agents have to be injected for scans.
Honestly, this option works better for me --- and all my routine blood draws are now also drawn from the tops of my hands each month. A small change in protocol making a huge difference.
A friend of mine also had trouble with blood draws from his arms. I told him about having blood draws drawn from the tops of my hands, and he said it worked like a charm for him now, as well, but you have to specifically request this at the clinic or have your doctor request it. Again, be your own advocate, when the need arises.
I, too, have endured the 90 minute MRIs, trapped in the "tunnel", so to speak. Those are far too long, in my experience. You have to physically be still, and mentally endure the experience. Those 90 minutes seem endless.
Many treatment centers offer mild sedation for these MRIs in the "tunnels" --- Mayo Clinic offers this, but you have to request it.
So far, I haven't asked for the mild sedation. Some of my friends have requested the mild sedation, however, because of the anxiety they felt concerning the MRI. This option might help some comrades out there.
I pray that patients in the future will have scans that can be done in far less time.
Stay strong, stay determined, stay the course --
Cyclone - Iowa State University