- Always ask questions if you're the tiniest bit concerned about the process. I discovered just in time this morning that they were about to do an MRI to monitor my TMJ. When I noted that I don't have TMJ, I have a brain tumor, the staff kicked it into high gear and had to move me to another place for my scan.
- Drink water earlier in the day if you know you're going to get an IV. As a person with small veins, I knew this, but had forgotten: the IV is easier to insert if you're hydrated.
- Don't accept the offer to play you music while you're having an MRI. Just do the earplugs. You can't hear the music most of the time, but when you can, it makes you feel like you're on an episode of The Brady Bunch.
- When they say it'll only take them 20 minutes to make CD copies of your MRI for you to take with you, don't count on it. It might be the case--as it was for me this morning--that your MRIs are so content-rich that copying them actually breaks the CD burner. As one staff member noted cheerfully, if there's that much information, you know they got everything.
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