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I meant to add this to my last post would lik know what an mri on lower back will be like very scared .


  • MRI is also called Magnetic Resonance Imaging. It is a medical test done to view the soft tissue of various parts of the body. For the spine, you are laying down on a sliding table, that moves in and out of a tube. The tube contains a large magnet which circles around the body, and causes the water in your system, to align and helps to get the images .
    If you are claustrophobic or have any concerns about going ahead with the test, they can order you something to relax you a bit ahead of time but you will then need to have someone drive you home.
    It is a bit noisy since the magnet clangs and clanks alot but they give you earphones to help block the noise some, and they will play music for you.
  • grammaof9ggrammaof9 Posts: 263
    edited 08/07/2013 - 7:07 PM
    You can bring your own music if you like
  • Thank you for your help and comments it don't sound very nice though hope I don't need one , if I do I will have to have something to relax me I think thank you again .x
  • The music doesn't do much to mask the loud noises from the MRI machine. If you need something to relax you, you can try taking a muscle relaxant before going in. I usually try to meditate and not think about how annoying it is!
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  • jellyhalljjellyhall Posts: 4,373
    edited 08/10/2013 - 11:27 AM

    You don't feel anything during an MRI scan.
    If you don't like being in small spaces, that may be a problem.
    As already said, you can have something to relax you, but then you need to have someone to drive you home again.
    You can't wear anything with metal on it because the tube has very strong magnets. Also, you can't have any metal (other than titanium) implanted in you.

    Although you can just about hear the music above the noise of the machine, I find that it does help to distract me and I close my eyes. I have had lots of these scans and don't worry about them any more. I used to remind myself that the 'tube' is open at either end and you will be given a 'panic button' in case you need them to stop. Obviously that would mean that they would have to start again, so best not to use it.

    Good luck and let us know how you get on if you do have one. :-)

  • Thank you lili and jelly been very helpful will let you know thanks .x

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