Getting an MRI should be as pleasant as possible for you. There’s no reason for an MRI scan to result in discomforting levels of pain or stress, particularly if you know how to prepare for it.
But what if you hear bad advice about getting ready for an MRI? You might wind up experiencing more stress or needing to reschedule your scan.
What’s some of the worst advice we’ve ever heard about MRIs?
- Claustrophobia isn’t a big deal! Just close your eyes! Although closing your eyes can help reduce some of the fear or tension caused by claustrophobia, it’s by no means the only technique you should prepare or consider. Depending on the strength of your claustrophobia, there’s a range of approaches you can take, including listening to calm music, practicing meditative thoughts during the exam, and attending a few therapy sessions beforehand. The overall environment in the test facility should also project calmness. Never downplay your concerns about claustrophobia or assume that one simple trick will automatically help.
- You don’t need an MRI! While it’s true that MRIs aren’t the only diagnostic exam, and you may benefit just as much (or more) from an alternative, you might be in genuine need of an MRI and its high-resolution images. Don’t let yourself get easily talked out of getting an MRI. Speak to multiple doctors if necessary, and do careful research on prices and what your insurance covers before immediately dismissing it out of hand. Also, don’t ignore symptoms in the hopes they’ll just go away. The sooner you look into a problem, the better chance you have of treating it before it reaches a worse state (and if there isn’t a problem, then you get some peace of mind after receiving normal results). Be wary of people’s claims that they once had the exact same symptoms as you, and it turned out to be nothing – similar symptoms can stem from very different issues.
- Don’t make a fuss! There are some people who preach that the best way to get through life is to just suck it up and not complain about anything. However, failing to report an unexpected pain or serious discomfort during an MRI could work against you. Even though it’s very rare, what if you have symptoms of an allergy to the gadolinium? What if your discomfort causes you to fidget too much and leads to poorer image quality (necessitating a longer MRI session or a redo?)
To get some good advice, check out some of our other blogs on the topic: Overcoming The Panic Of An MRI Brain Scan, Here are 4 Valuable Ways To Have A Positively Blissful MRI.
To get a clear sense of what to expect with an MRI, please contact us. We want you to be comfortable and well-informed, before, during and after the scan. Don’t let bad advice ruin your MRI experience or compromise your health.