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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by G19Tony, Apr 20, 2012.
Make sure you remove your wallet.
I'll have all new cards in a week or so! :embarassed:
First, I ask for an Open MRI...
I'm a big guy, and I am a bit claustrophobic, so when I have an MRI scheduled, I make it a point to stay up 24-hours before the test. I take strong pain meds on the way over, and ask for a towel to put over my face, so I don't feel my breath bouncing back at me...
If all goes well, I fall asleep!
I didn't mind the closed MRI I had, I've had 2 of them actually. Put on a decent radio station and just get some extra Zs
They only had local radio. I told them I'd rather listen to the machine making noise. The closed one didn't bother me. It's mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.
I do feel dumb about my wallet though.
I had one a while back, if your closterphobic or how ever you spell it, it's not for you.
Second, hope you have good insurance cuz there not cheap, I've had a mix up with my insurance and received a 1200 dollar or so bill, working on getting that figured out.
Other than that no biggie, just lay back, relax and jam to the headphones they give you.
In Houston they have an MRI at night place where you can get it done for much cheaper if you tell them you do not have insurance. http://community.e-baptisthealth.com/services/radiology/mriatnight.html
They've always given me a locker and a key, so my credit cards were never degaussed...
Depending on the volume the place does, the Smart Choice Open MRI's are cleaner and never smell like vomit...
Plus, Smart Choice charges a flat $600.00 for all MRI's and accepts (they claim) all insurance plans...
The average MRI cost in Wisconsin is $2308.46 and every MRI at Smart Choice is just $600.
I was wearing a hospital gown and underoos when they did mine. The one for my head I asked for something to take the edge off of the claustrophobia. Avatan rocks.
If it's just for a knee do they still put your entire body in the chamber? tom.
No. You go in up to your chest/waist area. Of course if you are short it might be further. For reference I am 6' 1".
Good, I'll be much happier NOT having my face covered. I'm 6'0.tom.
x100 on the tight space issue. I needed one for my neck. My hospital didn't offer an open one. They had a "small" one and the "large" one. I waited an extra hour for the large one to open up...and I had a rough time with that. If you can't lay still for more than :20 mins at a pop....you may want to ask for a little something to help mellow you out.
C'mon! Tom! Wrestle that bear to the ground!
If my wife drives me, I add a 30 mg Temazepam to the pain meds on the way over...
I have issues with the closed one also. Doc gave me one of those little pills and boy did I like that. I completely understand how people get addicted to pills. I only took it one time, but man did it take the edge off.
There was a story in the news a few years back about a little boy, under 10yo if I remember correctly, that had to have an MRI. The hospital had accidentally left an oxygen tank in the corner of the room when the MRI was turned on, and it flew across the room and went into the tube hitting the boy in the head. I don't remember the exacts, but I think he did not survive... How sad, I can't imagine.
Just close your eyes and take advantage of a opportunity to get some rest.
You will have to empty your pockets.
I look around to make sure nothing is near the machine that could be pulled in by the magnetic field.
Yeah, maybe with one of those little pills I might.tom.:embarassed:
I didn't care for the MRI's I had. I'm 6'3" and about 300 at the time. Barely fit in the damn tube. I'm claustrophobic so it was not pleasant. Also, my shoulders hurt from being extended over my head for so long.
I have a total hip replacement................can I still get a MRI
I hope all is well with you, Tony