Wednesday, April 4, 2012

CINE MRI Experience

Yesterday we went up to Cincinnati for my CINE MRI. On the phone, they told me that it would take about 2 hours and that I would have it done with contrast and without contrast. When I got to the imaging center, however, I was informed that it would only take 10 minutes.

There was virtually no wait time before they took me back and I was immediately lead into the MRI room. It was so quick that I was already in the room before I remembered my credit card was in my back pocket. Oops. Thankfully, I didn't get too far in and it worked later so it didn't get erased.

The actual MRI took less than 10 minutes-maybe 8 1/2. They did not use contrast. I did ask for a copy of the disk and they gave it to me on the spot.

The doctor was supposed to call me today but didn't. I've looked at the images myself and while I do looked corked up, I have no idea what to look at in terms of flow. So, I'll just wait and see what he says.

I'm feeling very underwhelmed regarding this experience so far. I'm also not holding my breath for this surgeon's assessment of my condition. The fact that he has no interest in a syrinx or any other related Chiari condition (the whole point in going to a specialist is because they're supposed to be thorough) makes me a little leery. But, we'll see...

If they don't call me back tomorrow then I'll make a call to them at the end of the day. In the meantime, here are some images from my Chiari CINE MRI.

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