Metal Tube Time

Last modified on October 27th, 2010

Just got a call from Vancouver General Hospital. Turns out in just a few weeks I’ll get the privilege of relaxing inside a big metal tube for an hour down in the MRI clinic. Apparently I can wear my own clothes, as long as there isn’t any metal on them at all. Otherwise the metal will probably rip out and go crazy in the huge magnetic fields.

The good news is that MRI’s don’t use radiation, which means my super powers will probably not be affected this round (I figure with all the CT scans and X-rays I had last year, I’ve had my share).

Should be a fun time, staring at the inside of a tube while it makes weird noises for an hour. A few weeks after I have another appointment with my surgeon to talk about doing another surgery.

9 responses to “Metal Tube Time”

  1. Jenn H says:

    You’ll find like I did when I had my first and only MRI that the machine is WAY louder than you’d think it is by watching House/ER.

  2. raymi says:

    i like that they give you a lot of blankets, it gets cold sitting still forever, you feel like a baby.

  3. Mostly Lisa says:

    hope everything is ok. as an accident prone athlete, i know the love of MRIs, CT Scans, and Bone Scans like no other. first time i had an MRI i got really claustrophobic and mildly freaked out. even though there is quite a lot of space inside, it feels like you are completely encased in a space pod that is under attack by evil aliens with hammers for hands. they put a blindfold on me, gave me a magic pill, and played the soothing songs of Enya to relax me.

    PS it is not advisable to watch the Alien Quadrilogy directly before your MRI appointment.

  4. Ariane says:

    Hmmm…I have to get one for my neck/head too, I wonder if that means I’m going to get through the waitlist backlog sometime soon. Even though I’m a big believer in public healthcare, I’m getting to the point where I’m strongly considering going to a private clinic, but I’m sure it’s ridiculously expensive!! Hmmm…hope I don’t freak out and get claustrophobic, it doesn’t *seem* that scary, but I haven’t had one before…

  5. Duane Storey says:

    Enya would be cool. We’ll see how it goes.. Should be interesting at the least 🙂

  6. Duane Storey says:

    A private MRI runs about $1000 I believe. I was on the wait list for about a month, which isn’t as bad as I originally thought it was going to be.

  7. Beth says:

    I’m usually quite claustrophobic, but the time I had an MRI (I was a control subject in an experiment on people with schizophrenia – and I got to keep a picture of my brain!) it totally didn’t bother me. A lot more room in there than I had imagined. Good luck with your MRI, Duane!

  8. Ariane says:

    a thousand hey? maybe i’ll give it a few more weeks… you must have gotten on a better wait list than me or something, it’s already been a couple months since i went to the specialist! :-/

  9. Duane Storey says:

    You should call.. Maybe you got lost in the shuffle..

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