I Had an MRI Scan of My Spine Today at Barrow Medical Center
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I Had an MRI Scan of My Spine Today at Barrow Medical Center

The magnetic field of an MRI scanner is about 900 times stronger than the magnetic field of the earth. The image done with an MRI scanner can give more detailed images than a CT scan, ultrasound or an X-ray.

The magnetic field of an MRI scanner is about 900 times stronger than the magnetic field of the earth. The image done with an MRI scanner can give more detailed images than a CT scan, ultrasound or an X-ray. I had a bit of trouble getting my scan this morning. It seems that the metal mesh inside my abdomen was interfering with the MRI scanner doing what it was supposed to do. I went into the tube, and then was pulled out of the tube, when it wouldn’t scan. The technician tried again, and slid me back into the tube, and still it wouldn’t scan. I got out of the scanner and the technician put a bottle of water in the tube to see if it would scan and it worked perfectly. So, I went in again and nothing happened. The technician decided to shut the computer down and reboot it to see if it would control the scanner like it was supposed to. After rebooting the software, it worked perfectly. If it hadn’t worked that time, I would have had to go to an open MRI imaging place to have it done. The technician explained that the open MRI imaging technicians are better able to make allowances for implants that are in the body. I have a wire mesh implant in my abdomen that was used to repair my hernia.

It took about 15 minutes for me to lie in the bore of the MRI scanner. I didn’t feel claustrophobic at all this time. Once I was finished and back in his work area, he allowed me to visualize my pictures. They were all in slices. He pointed out the spaces between my discs, the spinal cord, and he even pointed out my cerebral spinal fluid. I didn’t know exactly what I was looking at, meaning that I couldn’t tell if there were any abnormal changes that is causing my pain. I’m not a doctor and can’t read those pictures, but I was amazed to see what I look like on the inside.

I talked to the technician about the previous article I wrote about the MRI, and he better explained it to me. I thought, by what I had read on the Internet that the hydrogen atoms canceled each other out, and those that weren’t canceled out made the image. He explained that the hydrogen atoms are essentially a proton and they cannot be canceled out. The other atoms get canceled out, but the hydrogen protons create the image that I saw on his computer screen.

I didn’t think to get his name, but I will be sending a link to this article to the Barrow County Medical Center, and the technician will be able to get a copy of it. I want send Kudos to him for working out the problem so that I could get my scan done. He didn’t let that metal mesh inside of me stop him from getting my scan. I appreciated that, because I didn’t want to have to wait for an appointment at another MRI center.

The MRI technician explained more to me about the magnets inside the machine. I was under the assumption there were 3 magnets. I was going by what I read on the net. He explained that the MRI scanner has 2 magnets and 3 gradients. The 3 gradients make it possible to make images on different planes. I would have loved to take time to actually interview him, but he had a job to do, and I had to get home. I didn’t have any notebook paper to take notes, so I wouldn’t have remembered much anyway. Why? Because my forgetter is getting better and better. I can’t remember much of anything without props anymore.

Image Credit: Wikipedia.org (diffusion of hydrogen atoms from water molecules

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Comments (6)

A brilliant insight from a expert perspective.

good to know that you got the scan you needed

Thanks Michael. I wish I could have talked more with the technician. It was great seeing my images.

ThAmos Carol. I'm back in bed again due to nerve pain. Will get up later to write some more.

Hope everything is okay and you feel better soon -- best wishes! Thanks for the info on MRIs.

Thanks Bethany... Everyone... sometimes I am answering from my iphone.. so if you see some off the wall typos.. that's why.

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