Interesting medical experience today.....
Last year I was enrolled in the Radiology program at my local college and finished my first semester before having hip replacement surgery in December. My sciatic nerve was damaged, leaving me with some strength deficits and neuropathy issues. I had to take a break from the Rad Program. After nerve conduction studies revealed that I did indeed have sciatic nerve damage, and after a year post-surgery...........I finally got an MRI today through the VA to map the sciatic and see what might be happening.
Anyway, my initial interest in radiology was in MRI technology. Today, I got the full treatment at my local VA. I know many of you have been through it before. This was my first time. I am not claustrophobic which is a good thing because I was inside that tube for at least 40 min. Apparently, detailed spinal studies require more time than say a knee or shoulder. I was surprised by how LOUD it was. That magnet whirring and changing frequencies was pretty dang loud and monotonous. Not the worst procedure I have ever endured but it wasn't something I would want to do again tomorrow. It did get kind of warm in the tube, warm, like I had sweat running down my face toward the end.
Very interesting. Now I know, as a potential tech, what a patient will experience.