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Offline smiley196

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Do they give you needles in an MRI?
« on: February 24, 2005, 08:48:37 PM »
hey everyone, sorry if this seems like an amature question but my friend told me they give you needles in the area (aka knee) where you are having the MRI. My friend doesnt always have the most accurate information...I was just wondering if this is true? And sould I wear shorts on the day or the MRI? If someone could explan the procedure to me...that would be great. Many thanks,
krista
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Left Knee:
Torn:PCL, ACL, MCL
SEVERAL dislocations
Grade 3 Chondromalacia
Medial & Lateral Meniscus tears
Plica Syndrome
Sept 14th 2005-(LK)ACL recon, TTT, menisectomy,plica removal

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Re: Do they give you needles in an MRI?
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2005, 08:55:16 PM »
THIS IS ABSOLUTELY NOT TRUE!!!!!!!!!!
I had an MRI scan about 6 weeks ago, and there is no need to be worried!!
You can take a CD or tape, which they play into headphones which you have to wera because the machine does make some noises. It also jolts and moves slightly, but when they scan your knees, your head doesn't even go into the tube properly!!
they also give you a little thing to hold in your hand which, if you don't feel happy, you can squeeze it and they will stop the scan. Also, the people who are doing the scan can talk to you via the headphones.
My advice would be just to relax, and stay calm all the way through.
don't worry, and good luck!!
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Re: Do they give you needles in an MRI?
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2005, 08:59:22 PM »
No needles. Your friend is either misinformed or being a little callous at your expense (trying to scare you).  They may give you ear plugs to help drown out the noise of the MRI machine when it's running, and usually a nice cozy blanket to cover whatever they aren't scanning (your knee) so you stay comfortable. But other than that, all you do is lie down, close your eyes if you want, and relax. I almost dozed off during my MRI -- it can take 20 to 40 minutes, depending on the equipment and how many different scans of the knee they do.  Since it's your knee that's being scanned, your body will barely be inside the MRI unit -- my head and upper body were outside of the machine, so it wasn't much different than getting an x-ray except a little noisier and more time-consuming.

Don't wear jewlery, body piercings (including earrings), etc. -- anything metal will be a no-no inside the MRI room, and they'll remind you of that when you go in.
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Re: Do they give you needles in an MRI?
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2005, 09:42:20 PM »
No needles, though you will see on the sheet you sign that there are mentions of contrast dye and injections--that's only applicable if you are having an arthrogram.  These are totally different from MRIs.

In some locations I've been able to bring my own CD to listen to (they put it in the office and I get the sound through their headphones).  Others I chose a radio station, and still others it was silent and I drifted off. 

I would wear sweats, as I always get cold in the MRI room.  Don't wear jeans, as some places are nervous with metal zippers and make you take them off.  Really, it's no big deal.  Wear comfy and warm clothes and be prepared to take a nap--I always do.  The people will check in every 3-5 minutes between scans, and you have a panic button and a microphone to talk to them if you need to.  I just told them to let me sleep ;D  so they left me alone for the whole 30 minutes.

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Re: Do they give you needles in an MRI?
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2005, 09:56:29 PM »
Hi,
As everyone as said... NO NEEDLES!
With my MRI I had to have both knee done seperately and it took about 40 mins each. The machine is slightly noisy and does very slightly jolt and vibrate. I was given headphones to listen to music whilst I was having it done. And given a button to press if I was uncomfortable or was having any problem.Take some soothing music and try and doze off. Also I had to get into a gown, but they give you a blanket as it is quite chilly in there with the cool breeze.
You will be fine, the only problem I had was because I was in there for 80 mins my knees went stiff and painful, although I did have a stretch in between having both knees done.
Don't worry you will be fine.
Jules.
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Re: Do they give you needles in an MRI?
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2005, 10:39:44 PM »
An MRI of the knee will most likely NOT involve a needle, ESPECIALLY in the knee. Sometimes MRIs call for dye injections though, which in all likelihood you will not be having. Even if you were to have this, you would know by now (your doctor or a radiologist would have told you prior to the MRI.)

You might have to wear shorts, but generally, it's not absolutely necessary. Wearing jeans wouldn't be advisable, however. Every technician has their own set of rules, though, so you may want to bring a pair of shorts just in case.

Also, make sure you're not wearing any metal objects as they will ask you if you have a watch, any piercings, glasses, metal plates/screws/pins/etc on or in your body.

In terms of what's going to happen, it also depends on whether you are having a "closed" or "open" MRI. A closed MRI is when you lay on a table and are inserted into a "tube-like" machine. Your knee (that is being examined) will be secured down (but it won't be painful or uncomfortable) and your only job is to STAY STILL! The man or woman taking the MRI will be in contact with you throughout the entire exam and you will be given an emergency button to hold just in case you need to stop the MRI at any time. MRIs generally last anywhere between 20-45 minutes, sometimes longer. You will have little breaks in between "sessions" (the tech will tell you when each will be starting and how long they will last), and when they start you will hear a loud banging noise. It can be very annoying, but it's tolerable. You will most likely be given a pair of headphones to wear while the photos are being taken, and sometimes they will let you listen to some music -- it would be a good idea to call the place and ask if you can bring a CD to listen to while the exam is being done. It's a nice touch that some places have, and it can really help calm you down if you are aprehensive at all during the MRI.

In terms of an open MRI, everything is pretty much the same with the exception of being inside a "tube." Instead, you will not be enclosed, but will have the machine hover over you (it might look like a big magnet.) Sometimes open MRIs can take longer than a closed MRI and are generally not prefered by physicians because the images taken are not as clear as a closed MRI. However, open MRIs are good for people who are claustrophobic.

Good luck with your MRI and let us know how it goes! :)

Best wishes,
Patricia
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08/03-meniscal repair, LR
01/04-MUA, LOA
03/04-MUA
08/04-patellar tendon reconstruct. w/hamstring, menisci repairs, lateral/medial releases
10/04-MUA, LOA, debride., marsupialization, lateral release
12/04-MUA, LOA, meniscectomy
L knee:
09/05-meniscectomy, chondroplasty, microfracture

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Re: Do they give you needles in an MRI?
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2005, 10:44:16 PM »
Is it true that if you are tall you wont be able to have MRIs because you can't fit in the machine?

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Re: Do they give you needles in an MRI?
« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2005, 10:47:45 PM »
Prof, I've never heard of that myself, and I can't imagine it be true -- just think, how would guys like NBA superstar Shaquille O'Neal (who is over SEVEN feet tall, mind you!) be able to get MRIs done (which he just had one done yesterday, ironically enough) if tall people couldn't fit in MRI machines?

So, while I don't know an "official" answer, my guess would be no -- it's not true that tall people cannot get MRIs.

Best wishes,
Patricia :)
R knee:
08/03-meniscal repair, LR
01/04-MUA, LOA
03/04-MUA
08/04-patellar tendon reconstruct. w/hamstring, menisci repairs, lateral/medial releases
10/04-MUA, LOA, debride., marsupialization, lateral release
12/04-MUA, LOA, meniscectomy
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Re: Do they give you needles in an MRI?
« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2005, 10:48:35 PM »
Thank you so much :)
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Torn:PCL, ACL, MCL
SEVERAL dislocations
Grade 3 Chondromalacia
Medial & Lateral Meniscus tears
Plica Syndrome
Sept 14th 2005-(LK)ACL recon, TTT, menisectomy,plica removal

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June 14th/06-(LK)ACL graft recon, screw removal, menisectomy

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Re: Do they give you needles in an MRI?
« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2005, 12:59:56 AM »
imnopunk,

Why Is your knee in a cast????

That is terrible for a knee.  It leads to scarring and loss of motion for your joint.  Check out some of the posts in the arthrofibrosis/scarring section of this website. 

Casts=BAD FOR KNEE.

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Re: Do they give you needles in an MRI?
« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2005, 01:19:20 AM »
Nick Knack:

I'm not in a cast anymore, I was in a full leg cast for two months though. I've had six surgeries in 18 months on my knee, I was in the cast because I had patellar tendon reconstruction (with hamstring augmentation, menisci repair, two screws and a couple pins inserted in my tibia) because my ex-OS screwed up my knee and never fixed it. I didn't have a choice whether I wanted to be in the cast or not -- I HAD to be in one because after having patellar tendon surgery, ESPECIALLY patellar tendon RECONSTRUCTION, you must NOT put any weight on the knee for at least six weeks, preferably eight. Some people don't need the cast, but because my surgery and case was so complex, I needed one. And yes, I have an extensive history of arthrofibrosis, but it wasn't a choice -- if I needed an MUA/LOA, so be it. And yes, I did need two MUAs/LOAs after I got out of the cast, but I also had many complications as well (had to have emergency surgery with my OS and a plastic surgeon, had a very bad infection, my incisions started opening up and wouldn't close...at one point you could see all the way down to the tendon! Yuck!) Check out my signature for a nice brief history on all of my surgeries.

Casts aren't always bad for the knee, Nick. It depends on the case. I fully trust my OS, in fact, he's one of the best orthopedists in the USA. He knows what he's doing. I know you weren't implying that he doesn't know what he's doing, but I just thought I'd throw that in there. :)

Best wishes,
Patricia
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08/03-meniscal repair, LR
01/04-MUA, LOA
03/04-MUA
08/04-patellar tendon reconstruct. w/hamstring, menisci repairs, lateral/medial releases
10/04-MUA, LOA, debride., marsupialization, lateral release
12/04-MUA, LOA, meniscectomy
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Re: Do they give you needles in an MRI?
« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2005, 01:56:39 AM »
When I had my MRI they put a special imobilizer on my knee so that I couldn't move it at all. Is that normal?


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Re: Do they give you needles in an MRI?
« Reply #12 on: February 25, 2005, 02:00:18 AM »
Kate -

Yup. The whole idea is that they don't want you moving your knee, so they can get the clearest possible images taken of the knee.

Best wishes,
Patricia
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08/03-meniscal repair, LR
01/04-MUA, LOA
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10/04-MUA, LOA, debride., marsupialization, lateral release
12/04-MUA, LOA, meniscectomy
L knee:
09/05-meniscectomy, chondroplasty, microfracture

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Re: Do they give you needles in an MRI?
« Reply #13 on: February 25, 2005, 01:38:41 PM »
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The machine is slightly noisy and does very slightly jolt and vibrate.

Kind of like, David Banner turning Green into the HULK or something :D - would be handy if there was a little light saying something like "in 10 seconds the sound will change" rather than a percentage of patients likely getting a "jump"  ::) - regards the question, don't worry there's no needles - on the one that I had, your knee sits on-top of a padded cradle, your upper body doesn't go into the machine - all done in 20 minutes - so basically, don't worry, and good luck with getting your knee issues sorted.

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Re: Do they give you needles in an MRI?
« Reply #14 on: February 25, 2005, 02:56:44 PM »
When I had mine I wore shorts with no metal on....and just a vest top and hoodie again with no metal - I was also told to take my bra off, I guess cos of the metal clips.  Obviously no body jewellery so belly button bar and ear piercings came out and I was also told, no mascara, not sure why..maybe contains metal as well?

They played me music through headphones while it was going on and it was pretty good music, lol so it was actually quite relaxing!  Knee was a bit sore after from holding it in one position for so long but it really was fine overall.

Good Luck for yours   ;D















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