Last week saw us at Papworth Hospital for my cardiac MRI appointment at 3.25pm. We arrived with 1/2 an hour to spare so just waited rather than risk going for a drink. It was 4pm before I was called through to undress and have a cannula put into my arm in case they wanted to use a contrast dye during the procedure. Although I have had an MRI done on my neck before this one, I wasn't sure what to expect.
1/2 an hour later, due to someone being ill before me, I was brought through and got up onto the table. My legs were put onto a wedge at 90 degrees to take the strain off my back and a blanket put over the lower half of me. ECG leads were attached then a rather heavy cradle put onto my rib cage to hold the leads in place to get a good reading, similar to this picture:
(image courtesty of http://www.fairview.org/healthlibrary/Article/89193)
That was the most uncomfortable bit as it tended to stick into either the ribs or sternum!
Head-phones were put on and a contact clicker given to me to press if I felt unwell.After that, I was fully inserted into the machine for nearly an hour.
This procedure requires you to hold your breath, anywhere from 6 seconds to around 15 seconds - rather more than I anticipated - probably 40 or so times! Halfway through, a nurse came in to give me the contrast dye. By the end I was exhausted.
I can't praise enough, the chap who did the scan, he had such a lovely calm voice.
After the procedure was finished, I was helped to sit up, as some people feel dizzy. Once I was declared fine, I was walked back through to change and have the cannula removed. Did my usual extra bleed for a time. DB was the only one left in the waiting room.
We went off to the cafe to have something to eat before driving home. Despite it being the Thursday before Good Friday, the roads weren't too bad and it only took us 1/2 an hour longer to get back than to drive there.
Now I presumably have to wait for an appointment at my hospital to see what, if anything, they found. Onwards and upwards!