Every time I have an MRI, I fill out the same safety form again.
The form never changes, no matter how many times I fill it in.
Warning signs. There are always warning signs. Even if I am feeling fine, the warning signs are always a reminder that I am not, in fact, fine. So my advice? Ignore them.
Normally at this point I am wearing only a hospital gown (or if I get lucky, scrubs). This time, I got to remain clothed, take my time and really look at what else is in the room with the MRI machine.
My scans are always of my brain, and this is the head holder they use to keep my head still (although normally I’m lying down).
Each time you go into an MRI, they make you hold an emergency button (it is attached to the cord in my left hand). I’ve never used it yet… But I have thought about it.
It gets cold in there… Particularly when you are only wearing a hospital gown. Say yes to the blanket. Always.
There is a mirror above your eyes to help you see out of the machine.
Peaking out of the MRI machine.
The view the radiographers see when I am in the MRI machine
And my partner Jay checking me out in the MRI machine.
There is a pressure release hatch (I like to think of it as the escape hatch) in every room with an MRI.
And finally, a close up of the pressure release hatch in the room with the MRI machine.