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MRI - November 16th 2011, 03:05 AM

What exactly is a MRI when they are using it for a ankle? What does it show? Why does it take forever to approve one?

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Re: MRI - November 16th 2011, 03:11 AM

I've only ever gotten one on my jaw, but I can tell you that it's essentially an expensive and in-depth x-ray (in that it sees not just bone but muscle). Which is why they can take so long to get approved.

My MRI was incredibly loud and freezing cold. I had my head and torso up a tube for over 30 minutes. After the initial 30 minutes I was given a shot of contrast dye with metal in it that never fails to make me sick to my stomach. Then it was back up the tube for an additional 30 minutes.

All in all, an hour in a freezing cold room not being allowed to move at all, listening to the MRI making its loud clicking and beeping.

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Re: MRI - November 16th 2011, 03:54 AM

MRIs are better than x-rays. They show bones & muscle. I had one done for my wrist, so you will probably have a similar one. It's loud & you have to stay still, but it's really not a big deal. Most of the time, they'll even play a radio station you like for you.
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Re: MRI - November 16th 2011, 04:35 AM

MRIs show soft-tissues as well as bones, so you can have greater quality and can formulate more accurate diagnoses from them. A x-ray will be used on your ankle if there's a break whereas a MRI will be used if there is soft-tissue damage, such as damage to tendons, ligaments, muscles, blood vessels, etc... . MRI machines are much more expensive than your basic x-ray machine and it takes longer to analyze, so hospitals tend to have more x-ray machines than MRI machines. There are different types of MRIs, although unless you're going to a research facility, you're probably not going to get the newer fancier MRIs.

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Re: MRI - November 16th 2011, 10:26 AM

an MRI, or Magnetic Imaging. Is a scan that sees more than an xray does. It can dectect more than just fractures or breaks. I have one anually, or more frequently if needed to keep an ey on my brain tumors and look for any along my spine.

On an ankle, maybe they are loking for tissue damage?

Basically, it's a tunnel. But since you are having ankle, you may not go inside
They put headphones on you, and in my case, a head brace to stop me moving
The headphones are so they can talk to you from the other room, and also play music to drown out the noise. (AN MRI IS LOOOUUUUUDDDD)

Sometimes, they give you a jab with specal dye in it. This helps them see the images better, but don't worrk if yo do or don't have it.

In an MRI you can wear no metal, its a giant magnet. So they get you to remove bras, jeans, hair grips, glasses, jewlery etc. Sometime you just have a hosptal gown, it's for ur safety!

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Re: MRI - November 19th 2011, 10:27 PM

MRIs are better than x-rays. They show bones & muscle. I had one done for my wrist, so you will probably have a similar one. It's loud & you have to stay still, they'll even CD you like for you.
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Re: MRI - November 21st 2011, 02:34 AM

I have had (and still do have) MRI's but I have been sedated for 98% of them because I twitch a lot and I am VERY clausterphobic
Here is a link to some info on what an MRI is. Sometimes they do have to stick you with a needle that will put a special tube called an IV(intravenous line) in a vein in your hand or the crook of your elbow, they take the needle out but the tube stays in. they put an IV in so they can inject a special medicine called contrast into your veins. I don't remember what it's for but it helps the doctors get a more clear picture.
Here is the link I was telling you about: http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/m...ce-imaging-mri

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