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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Had my MRI this morning. Afterward I was wondering if experienced MRI techs know enough to read and interpret what's on the screen? My tech was an older lady who seemed to know her way around the MRI machine, adjusting me and switching out coils to get the best image possible, and checking on me periodically to make sure I wasn't freaking out during the 40 minutes I had to lay super still while magnets grinded and ka-chunked in a huge plate about 3 inches from my forehead. Thank goodness for open MRIs. I can see how people get claustrophobic in the tubes.

Anyway, she casually chatted with me when I first got there about what happened to my shoulder. Then after the MRI, she probed a little bit, asking about the trauma and the stress my shoulder has experienced to get me to this point. It made me wonder if she saw an injury on the image.

I'll find out Friday when I see my doctor, but of course I'm impatient. I think at this point I want there to be a discernible injury. Something to assure me I'm not just crying wolf and that there's actually a problem. But a fixable problem. That's key. I don't want swimming, kayaking, rowing, yoga, etc. to be things I just don't do anymore, because, you know, bum shoulder.
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    Laurie, it was an Open MRI, meaning I was on a table and there was a giant plate over me, but I wasn't surrounded on all sides. Much better than I imagine the tube is!
    2182 days ago
    I'm impressed that you actually got in the tube. You'd have to knock me out cold to get me in one of those.

    I hope it's a fixable problem too. You've been out of swimming for too long.
    2183 days ago
    Waiting is hard but it is now in the hands of the radiogist for his report to the doctor

    A lot of techs are good but it would be a liability for them to say anything about what they see on the image
    2184 days ago
    Hope it's an injury that has a fix!
    2184 days ago
    Waiting is always the hardest. I think the technicians get pretty good at reading the images but as you know they can not say anything. Good luck with your appointment. emoticon
    2184 days ago
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