I’m hoping this post reassures some people. I had a CT and MRI scan both with contrast yesterday and was fearful and worried for weeks in the run up to it.
I decided to attend metal- less ie no jewellery, no bra, leggings a top, pants and socks. I got to wear my own clothes for both.
The CT scan was first. A nurse inserted a cannula in my arm and then I was taken into the scan room. The machine was like a gigantic doughnut and I was never enclosed. I was made comfortable and went through the hoop feet first. I was asked to hold my breath a few times then the contrast was put in through the cannula. I was told I might have a metallic taste but I didn’t and I might feel as though I’d wet myself - I got a slight sensation but nothing drastic. The machine then took a few more pictures, hold breath, breath and it was done.
I then moved to another waiting room for the MRI. Two separate people checked through the questionnaire and explained the process. I was having a contrast called gadolinium. Their CD player was broken but asked me what I liked and picked suitable music for me. I was taken into the scan room and told I’d be going in feet first. My head then ended up on the very outside of the machine so was not claustrophobic at all. I had a knee support under my legs, pillows and earphones and was very comfortable. I could keep my arms by my sides and had a tube inserted into the cannula. They explained that I’d be given Buscopan through this which was a muscle relaxant and helped settle my stomach working so that they could see the organs behind it.
The staff moved out of the room and the music started and then the scan. I was aware of the noise of the machine but I said my tables (I used to teach) and listened to the music. In no time at all I was told that they were releasing the contrast which might feel cold (it wasn’t) and that the rest of the scan would be done in two and a half minutes. Total time about 20 minutes.
After worrying myself sick I now wouldn’t worry about having other scans. I know that not everyone is the same but I hope this helps anyone who is ‘wondering’. Happy to answer any questions.
That’s a helpful summary GrannyA as it’s often the fear of the unknown that makes these things scarier than they need to be. I remember being nervous about mine3 yrs ago but to be honest I needn’t have been. Thank you for sharing your positive experience with us x
I experienced the same as you grannyA except I've been in the MRI scanner both feet and head first.no music either but they talk to you to make sure you are fine and you have a little hand held alarm you can press if you get wowork and they'll take you out not that I needed to. I wore my own clothes as well,no bra,and an estielastic skirt,no zipper, and a t shirt. I closed my eyes when I went in head first and was making up music to match the noises of the machine. The couch moved in and out of the tube and I did open my eyes at one point to see the white roof of the tube but it wasn't right up close to my face..there was a gap. I remember getting some mad thought that this must be how a roast joint feels in an oven being inspected to see if it's cooked..don't worry about that everyone..just my mad brain visualising something as it didn't have anything better to do at that point in time..the machine isn't hot or anything. The ct scanner is a doddle by comparison just you have to listen to the instructions and follow them. All I will say,because you aren't allowed to eat after a certain time only drink water is find out whether they want your bladder full of empty before you visit the little girls room. They didn't tell me and because they were overunning appointment wise i was busting. They called me fifteen minutes later and casually asked if I had drunk the regulation six glasses of water. When I told them I'd just emptied my bladder i was made to drink loads of water and wait another half an hour. That's the trouble when you have three hospitals in a group working together..bits of information don't get passed on or you get conflicting information. Still never mind. But as grannyA says neither are anything to worry about. I think sometimes someone says something meaning well and tells you of their experience and starts a worry in your head and you get there to find its been a bit overexaggerated and the experience is nothing to worry about at all. Trust this site ladies, everything on this post is from people going through what you are going through and the advice and recommendations are good and sound. That's what I've experienced anyway. Xx
Little Lamb I was given no instructions re eating or drinking and no one commented on full bladder or otherwise. I get my results tomorrow and have been awake today since 3 am grrrr. I’m now counting hours instead of days. Terrified of what might be said tomorrow.
Hi grannyA, sorry playing catch up at the moment hence late reply. I hope your results were not too traumatic for you and that worrying stage is over. It's always worse waiting for something because you can't process it and move forward. I was definitely given instructions for fasting with my scans and the CT scan had to be done with a full bladder which I wasn't told about. I suppose it's another case of different hospitals,different trusts,different ideas. Or they may have been looking for something specific in my case I don't know. I'm still waiting for the results of my hysterectomy outcome and that's gone overdue now. I know they had trouble getting clear results from the hysteroscopy,abdominal ultrasound due to my retroverted uterus which was very difficult to access and I have some medical problems where I cannot receive contrast dye or relaxant so maybe they didn't need food getting in the way either. Maybe some people are told to fast and some not. I was just adding my experiences to your experiences . I thought your account of the processes were very true and helpful for someone who may be worrying about an unknown procedure and it's very important we share and care i think. Hope you managed to catch up on your sleep. God bless and keeping everything crossed for you. Lamb.x
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