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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!

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Debunking scary radiation myths!

 

Debunking scaryRadiation. Just the word can make people fearful. Over the years radiation has cast a spotlight in medicine forcing patients to be scared of any type of medical procedure with radiation. The effects of radiation have become more daunting over the years ranging from an increase of thyroid cancer, killing mass amount of plants, causing physical deformities, and much more. However, these are the most extreme cases of an exponential amount of radiation exposure.

There are many myths that need to be cleared up concerning radiation, especially because it is a part of your daily life and you may not realize it. Yes, radiation is incredibly harmful at extreme doses, but it is not this huge monster that everyone assumes it to be. All of us at Open MRI of Pueblo decided to debunk some common radiation myths to help clear the air about radiation.

 

Myth #1: Radiation is always unsafe.

This simply can’t be true considering that radiation is in the air we breathe and the food that we eat. There is naturally occurring radiation and even man made radiation that we are exposed to on a daily basis that goes completely unnoticed because it isn’t harmful. According to Radiation Answers, the average annual dose of radiation exposure per person is 622 mrem which includes the radiation from the air, food, soil, cosmic radiation, and human-made sources. In fact, did you know that flying on an airplane exposes you to anywhere from 2-10 mrem? The yearly average is a completely safe amount and doesn’t cause harm to the human body.

 

Myth #2: Power plants are dangerous and emit too much radiation.

Due to the extreme effects of nuclear power plant exposure, the media coverage garners a ton of attention and people assume they’re highly dangerous. However, these plants are under strict monitoring and control at all times. In fact, the radiation emission AND fallout from past atomic bomb detonations account for less than one percent of the exposure we receive.

 

Myth #3: Radiation from power plant leaks is responsible for causing cancer and other health issues.

While many reports have claimed that these radiation disasters have actually increased thyroid cancer in those surrounding the plant, it just isn’t true. However, may people haven’t heard the counter studies because the hype ended with ‘power plant exposure causes cancer’. The United Nations Scientific Committee of the Effects of Atomic Radiation and numerous other health departments investigated the effects of the infamous Three Mile Island incident and discovered that there is no evidence to suggest that there were harmful effects on the environment or the people involved. It sounds hard to believe, but it’s true!

 

Myth 4: MRIs are bad because you’re exposed to radiation.

Surprisingly, a common misconception is that MRIs use radiation and a patient will be exposed during the scan. This is not true. In fact, there is zero radiation exposure and it is easily confused with CT scans and X-rays which do expose radiation to patients. Many people mistakenly group these medical imaging scans together and assume radiation is a part of each scan. At Open MRI of Pueblo, any concern or worry you have about radiation and fly out of the window because you’ll be radiation free during your MRI.

 

Radiation doesn’t have to be super scary especially when it comes to your MRI. Now that you know these radiation myths don’t believe them! If you need an MRI schedule your appointment with us at Open MRI of Pueblo today!