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DD has to have an MRI tomorrow

(8 Posts)
fuckmepinkandCALLmegoran Sun 26-Jun-11 12:56:26

She's 12 and very sensible.

Other than telling her she'll be in a tube and it'll be noisy, is there anything else I can do to prepare her?

Riveninside Sun 26-Jun-11 12:59:38

Some of them offer music through headphones i think. Its just boring and not to move.

Glitterknickaz Sun 26-Jun-11 13:04:32

Mainly to expect extreme boredom x

fuckmepinkandCALLmegoran Sun 26-Jun-11 13:05:28

Thanks folks x

She is very very sensible and not claustrophobic so I hope it won't be too bad for her. (And we'll get some answers as to what is happening with her ankle)

DarftApeth Sun 26-Jun-11 15:29:26

My 9yr old ds had to have an MRI on his head (brain) a few weeks ago.

I was allowed to sit in the room with him and could see his face using a mirror and touch his legs which were sticking out of the machine.

The worst bit was the noise and having to keep still for so long.

At least he had a chance to hear the noise, if somewhat muted, through the very thick door before we went in. We were both given head phones - mine just to keep the noise out, his he could listen to music through. He chose what music to listen to and we worked out that he woud have to keep still for about 4 songs, so it gave him a benchmark.

Your dd will have to remove anything metal that is loose - jewellery, mobile phones, coins and leave them outside the room. As the strong magnets could make these items dislodge and fly around the machine! I was allowed to keep my underwired bra on though grin the radiographers looked after all our bags and valuables.

It is painless, very noisy and a bit uncomfortable having to lay still but being terrified about it, ds actually thought it was quite cool - but he is only 9 hmm grin

Hope it goes ok and your dd gets some answers.

herbietea Sun 26-Jun-11 15:38:45

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cory Mon 27-Jun-11 09:52:28

Make sure she knows which bit of her has to be kept absolutely still.

fuckmepinkandCALLmegoran Mon 27-Jun-11 19:16:37

Well, I thought I'd come and update you all.

Her dad (my ex) took her - whole other thread but hey ho.

She was apparently brilliant, not at all phased by it all and the results will be with the local docs in about 2 weeks. She says she nearly fell asleep grin

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