Please Let Me Sleep

Please Let Me Sleep



Hold on a​ minute! Anxious attack is​ coming on.

Many times you may hear people that have had an​ MRI say ,"they couldn't handle it". Well they probably telling the truth. Many patients have to​ take valium to​ calm them down before having a​ MRI preformed.

MRI is​ short for magnetic resonance imaging. This is​ 10,000 times stronger than normal x-rays or​ CT scan. Since this is​ a​ magnetic resonance imaging process all the below articles should be removed.

Jewelry

Hearing aids

Credit cards

Dentures

Pocket knives

Eye glasses

Pens

All of​ these articles can be damaged or​ projected during the activation of​ the magnetic resonance imaging machine.

If you are a​ pacemaker patient , you can't have a​ MRI. This is​ due to​ the strong magnetic fields.

Patients with metallic objects in​ their body should not have a​ MRI.

Patients with replaced joints

Artificial heart values

Inner ear implants

Brain aneurysm clips

Older vascular stents

Some employees from sheet metal industries have to​ be screened due to​ the exposure they face from small metal fragments. The screening is​ done by x-ray. This is​ to​ protect your eyes and skull.

Before having the procedure , the patient is​ asked to​ sign a​ consent form verifying that they have none of​ the features above.

MRI'S have to​ be performed in​ away from outdoor interferences. The waves used during a​ MRI are close in​ frequency to​ the FM radio station waves. During this procedure the patient lays on their back on a​ movable table that is​ very narrow. The table slowly slides into a​ large tunnel within the scanner. Don't keep your eyes open. This will freak you out.

According to​ what part of​ the body they are imaging , the technician may need to​ apply small devices around your head; leg; or​ arm. These devices are known as​ body coils which receive the radio waves pulses. This also allows for a​ higher quality imagine. if​ you need a​ contrast ,it will be administered by IV in​ your hand or​ arm. a​ technician observes you the entire viewing time.

Different sets of​ images will be done that last from two to​ fifteen minutes. Depending on the part of​ the part of​ body being scanned it​ could take a​ hour to​ complete the scan.

If you suffer from a​ fear of​ being closed in​ , you may ask your physician to​ prescribe you valium to​ take before having the procedure done. it​ is​ very confining in​ that small tunnel. There is​ no room to​ move and you may be strapped down to​ the table.

This may sound scary, but patients seem to​ benefit when they can find out the exact cause of​ their pain or​ symptoms.




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