After my mammogram, the first test that followed was an MRI. I'd had them before for an ankle injury, etc. but this one is different. You don't need to do anything to prepare for a breast MRI except take off anything metal. After you change, a tech will bring you into a large room with a machine that looks like a tube. Some MRI examinations may require an injection of contrast material into the bloodstream. I'd rather have an injection of chocolate, but it was fine. Maybe a little sting - but that's about it. I'm claustrophobic, and the first place I went to had a snazzy mirror setup so when I was lying face down, I was looking into a mirror that showed me the end of the machine and into the room. It was kind of like a fun-house mirror, but cool. The weirdest thing about a breast MRI is that you lie face down and there are cup things for your breasts. I believe the technical term for them was "depressions." I didn't even remotely fill mine. I was depressed.
The table you are on is movable and it slides you into the donut hole made by the machine. It doesn't hurt at all, but man, it is LOUD! Major, construction zone in your head kind of banging. You lie there with your boobs hanging down for a while. I kept hearing this song, "Let your boobs hang low, let them wobble to and fro, let your boobs hang low." You've got to do something to avoid thinking about the results of this thing - so why not sing in your head?
Tips for dealing with your MRI
1. Don't wear a bunch of jewelry or metal - you'll just have to remember to take it off.
2. Ask for earplugs if the tech doesn't immediately offer them to you.
3. Request a copy of your MRI on a CD to take with you. It's best to ask for this when you check in so they can burn you a copy. Start your own file at home of your tests and paperwork. Every time you go in for a test, ask for a copy for your own records.
4. Take your shoes off - even when they say you don't have to. Once, my feet started to be pulled up to my chin because there must have been some hidden metal in my heel.
5. Have someone go with you to this first MRI because sometimes the radiologist will want to do a needle biopsy right then and there, and you're not going to want to be alone or drive yourself home from that!
More on needle biopsies tomorrow.....