If you want to experience sheer terror, I highly recommend getting a brain MRI with contrast. Getting a brain MRI can be terrifying and suspenseful. For anyone looking for more information about what it’s like, here’s the information you’ll want:
Getting Ready for a Brain MRI
Where would we be without YouTube? If you’re having a brain MRI for the first time or helping a child prepare for the event, there are a few wonderful videos on YouTube that walk you through the experience. Try these:
An important question to ask is whether this is an MRI with contrast or without contrast. That means they’ll put in an IV and inject a special fluid into your body so that they can record different colors on the results. MRIs are scary enough in the first place, and adding needles into the mix just makes it worse.
My Brain MRI Experience
I had a brain MRI with contrast earlier this month. The only complication was the “with contrast” part. I have notoriously small and terrified veins that hide whenever a needle comes near. Never was this more apparent than having three MRI nurses cluster around my reclined body, jabbing a seemingly endless variety of needles into the backs of both hands and both elbows, trying to find a vein for the IV.
After a few tries and calling in a “vein whisperer,” they stuck me and the MRI commenced. Fortunately, I had a lot to think about and pray about with my recent layoff, and the time passed quickly.