Tag Archives: mri experience

Uncategorized

How To Be Prepared For Your MRI Scan

 

 

HOW TO BE PREPAREDWhether you suffer from claustrophobia or are undergoing an MRI for the first time, this diagnostic imaging scan can be intimidating. Whether its the noises or lengthy scan time, we understand that preparing for this exam can be overwhelming for our patients. No need to worry, we’ve got you covered with a list of helpful MRI prep tips.

1. Pre-Procedure

There is no special week of, the night before, or day of procedure for an MRI exam. You’ve made your appointment and we’ve confirmed your time with you. Just remember if you didn’t already pay out-of-pocket online, bring your insurance card with you. Also, try not to wear any jewelry or metal objects as we will ask you to take them off before you are escorted to the exam room. Most importantly, remember there is nothing to be worried about! At Open MRI of Pueblo, we take care of you.

2. Items to bring

As we said before, make sure to bring your insurance card if you didn’t already pay our incredibly low online prices. Bring a copy of identification with you, a playlist for music during the exam, and bring a friend or family member to comfort you during the exam.

3. Items not to bring

Try not to bring any metal, jewelry, or anything else that can disrupt the MRI scan. If you do bring these items it’s no problem we will put them in a safe place for you while you are in the exam room.

4. Day of procedure

Once you arrive at our office we will ask you to fill out some patient paperwork. Next, you will be instructed to change into a hospital gown and take off any metal on your body. Then, you will be told to lie down on the MRI machine and just relax. If you brought a playlist we will play it for you, if you brought a friend to comfort you, you will be allowed to talk to them. Just make sure you lie perfectly still, the MRI will take anywhere between 15 min to an hour to complete.

5. Post Procedure

After the MRI is complete you will be able to change out of your hospital gown and into your normal clothes. Then you will get any belongings back that weren’t allowed in the exam room. Then if you didn’t already make a payment you will be lead to our front desk to show your insurance card. After all of this, you are free to go! We encourage patients to treat themselves after having to stay still for such a prolonged period of time.

We hope these helpful tips will put your mind at ease. Fortunately, MRI’s are painless and non-invasive which means they’ll be over before you know it. If you need to book an MRI appointment, schedule one at our center today!

Uncategorized

6 Things To Day Dream About During Your MRI

Add heading (1)For veterans and firs-timers alike, MRI’s can be boring. Whether you suffer from claustrophobia or boredom, finding ways to pass the time while in a noisy MRI scanner is easier said than done. If you are looking for ways to keep your mind preoccupied during your scan, we’ve got you covered with a few things to day dream about.

  1. Think about a treat

Since there is no formal pre procedure rules for MRI’s we always encourage our patients to treat themselves after their appointment. Whether it’s going out to eat or taking a shopping break. Think of what you’ll treat yourself with after your appointment.

  1. Make a to-do list

Strapped on time? Make a grocery list, a to-do list, or a gift list in your head while you are getting an MRI. It’s multitasking at it’s finest.

  1. Picture yourself at your favorite concert

Since we let you bring your own music to your appointment, jam out like no other while getting your MRI. Visualize yourself on stage, or in the crowd, either way it shouldn’t bother the MRI technicians even if you sing a little!

  1. Think about how much money you’re saving

Since we use SaveOn medical to give you the best prices on MRI’s we are saving you hundreds of dollars. If that isn’t something to dream about I don’t know what is!

  1. Be at the beach

Because we use open MRI technology you’ll feel so much more comfort than you would if you were in a normal MRI machine. You’ll feel so comfortable that you might mistake our office for a tropical sand beach.

  1. Or take a nap

If all else fails, just lay back and take a nap! We see patients do it all the time and we get it. So just drift off to sleep and we’ll handle the rest.

We hope these tips will help you stay distracted during your MRI scan. Our team at Open MRI of Pueblo is dedicated to making your MRI experience a breeze, so feel free to reach out to us with how we can make you comfortable. Your MRI will be done before you know it!

 

Uncategorized

5 Ways To Be More Awake In The Morning

 

5 ways to be moreYour alarm goes off, you hit snooze, you wake up thinking it’s 10 minutes later but it’s not. You woke up an hour late, and now your entire morning is off and you’re probably going to be late to work. This is common for most people, tons of people have slept through alarms or hit the snooze button one too many times. This is all because people are REALLY tired, we don’t get enough sleep. Here are some ways to feel more awake in the morning.

1. Wake up and move

Whether this means putting your alarm clock on the other side of the room or getting up and doing a workout. Waking up and then instantly moving is the best way to feel more awake in the early hours of the day. Try making a plan to go on a run or doing a workout class with a friend.

2. Don’t hit the snooze button 

This is one of the main culprits of making people go back to sleep in the morning. You hit the snooze button thinking you can get 10 more minutes and then you’re asleep for a few more hours. Make it a point to not hit the snooze button at all and to wake up immediately.

3. Take a cold shower 

We know that cold showers aren’t everyone’s first choice when it comes to showering. However, having a steaming hot shower can actually make your body feel more sleepy. Try and incorporate a cold shower in your morning once a week and you’ll be able to feel the difference in your body.

4. Create goals for the day

By setting some goals for your day you will be more prone to wake up in the morning to try and achieve them! Set goals the night before and put them right next to your bed so that they are one of the first things you see when you wake up.

5. Keep trying 

Train yourself to be more awake in the morning! Try and set your alarm 10 minutes earlier each week. This will train your body to get up and will help you sleep cycle.

Another way to get up in the morning? Scheduling an MRI appointment with Open MRI of Pueblo. This will give you the excitement to take on the day and get to your appointment on time. Make an appointment with us today!

Uncategorized

Radiology Roundup: What’s The Best Procedure In Radiology?

 

Radiology Roundup-

Radiology boasts a plethora of procedures ranging from ultrasounds, CT scans, x-rays, mammograms, and more. It’s a bit of a battle, between all of these procedures, to be crowned the best procedure in radiology. Most radiology procedures are different but at Open MRI of Pueblo we agree that only one procedure should be king of radiology. The MRI of course!

Why is an MRI the best procedure in radiology?

MRI’s are used to take in depth looks into the human body. Using strong magnetic fields, MRI’s produce a picture of the body that can show the muscle tissue and bones in the body. How cool is it that?!

I’m not convinced yet, why is an MRI the best?

Well there are three types of MRI’s: wide, closed, and open MRI. The best type of MRI is definitely the open MRI because it increases patient comfort, provides shorter scan times, and can accommodate diverse patient height and weight. An open MRI also allows the patient to bring a friend or family member to accompany them while the scan is taking place. So you can get an MRI and talk with your loved one’s at the same time! What can be better than that?

So where’s the best place to get an Open MRI?

Well in our opinion, Open MRI of Pueblo is the best place to get an open MRI in the state. They have a friendly staff, experienced radiologists, and affordable prices for out-of-pocket patients. They are also ACR accredited, the highest honor an imaging center can receive, and puts patient comfort as it’s top priority.

So what are you waiting for? Make an appointment for the best procedure in radiology at the best place to get an MRI. Call (719) 404-0991 to make an appointment or talk to one of our staff members about any questions you may have!

Uncategorized

4 Benefits Of An Open MRI

 

4Not many people know this but there are various types of MRI’s! How many may you ask? There are three different types of MRI scans, but in our opinion one reigns supreme above all others. Can you guess what it is? Open MRI of course! Here are 4 benefits of open MRI’s:

Claustrophobia

One of the main perks is that the sides of the machine are open. This allows patients to not feel closed in or trapped within the MRI machine. If you’re someone who is prone to feeling claustrophobic, this is extremely helpful and limits feelings of claustrophobia.

Less Noise

Getting an MRI is usually a noisy process. However, if you’re in an open MRI machine vs a closed MRI machine, there will be a significantly less amount of noise. In fact, closed MRI machines require earbuds to help with the excess noise.

Clearer Image

The wide design of an open MRI allows patients to be positioned in a way that allows for a clearer image. If a patient is positioned closer to center of the magnet, the image is much clearer. In a closed MRI machine, there isn’t as much variability which can limit the patient’s position.

Metallic Objects Interfere less

Many patients have had a previous surgery that left metallic implants in their bodies. These implants can affect the quality of the MRI in a closed machine due to high magnetic fields. Fortunately, open MRI machines have lower magnetic fields which allows these implants to interfere less with the quality of the image.

With all these benefits of an open MRI, why would you get any other type of MRI? At Open MRI of Pueblo, we put the patients first because we care about their comfortability. That’s why we use open MRI technology. If you need an MRI make an appointment with us today by calling (719)-404-0991.

Uncategorized

Tweeting can change your MRI experience!

 

Twitter is a pretty awesome thing. It’s a platform that lets us communicate with our friends, share what we’re doing, express how we feel, comment on current events, and incite laughter. It’s where we can (and usually do) share about absolutely anything and everything we are experiencing.

It turns out that sometimes this information can actually be useful, and in ways you probably wouldn’t ever imagine. Researchers and doctors around the world are turning to Twitter to learn more about the MRI experience from a patient perspective, and they’re using what they find to change their MRI process.

It all started when Jonathan Hewis, an investigator from Charles Sturt University in Australia, decided to start analyzing tweets related to MRI. He found that patients, friends, and family were all using Twitter to share their thoughts and feelings about many different aspects of the procedure including the MRI appointment, scan experience, and diagnosis.

 

Some people tweeted sentiments of support to their friends who were having MRI’s, some patients used Twitter to praise their healthcare team or talk about their MRI results, and many others tweeted specifics about what they enjoyed or disliked about their MRI experience. There were also an overwhelming amount of “MRI gown selfies” added to the mix.

So why do doctors want you to tweet about your MRI experience? Because it helps provide insight that they wouldn’t normally be able to get. It’s a way for them to understand what patients like and dislike about the process, and it can give them tips for changes to make that will improve patient experience.

For example, one of the biggest things that Hewis found patients were complaining about was the fact that they weren’t able to pick what type of music they listened to during the scan, something that’s such a small fix and goes a long way towards making the experience more enjoyable for the patient. Many centers, just like Open MRI of Pueblo, have responded to feedback like this, and allow patients to bring in their own ipod or CD of music to listen to during the scan.

The fact of the matter is, we want you to have the best MRI experience you can possibly have, and if there are things we can do to help make that happen then we want to do them! So if you had a bad experience or if you think there’s room for improvement to the MRI process, tweet about it. Chances are someone will see it and take action. You can share your experience by tweeting to us @open_mri_pueblo.

You can read more about the findings of the original research on Biospace.