practicals re imaging when wheelchair bound

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practicals re imaging when wheelchair bound

Postby loulou » Fri May 14, 2010 11:41 pm

i rang the melbourne clinic yesterday and the receptionist started talking about MRI when i said i wanted my azygous checked as well.
Surely she meant an MRV ?
By the way could somebody whose had imaging done in melbourne
and is wheelchair bound give me ideas about how you walk the 10 steps
to the table cos according to the receptionist no wheelchairs are
allowed in the MRI/MRV?room????
ps id like to hear from H webb about her post proceedure
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Postby blossom » Sat May 15, 2010 12:10 am

hi loulou, in a wheelchair myself. at our hosp. in our small town they have a wheelchair made of something that doesn't mess with the magnets, i would guess aluminun. but, i was surprised at the bigger places that do not have them. you would think any mri places would. maybe if you call ahead they could locate one. lots of luck
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Postby bluesky63 » Sat May 15, 2010 6:37 am

In the US we supposedly have a law that everything needs to be "accessible." That can be interpreted many different ways. :-) I don't know about Australia. Call ahead and ask about the facility where your imaging will be done. But you won't be the first person using a wheelchair who's ever gone there. And they won't want you to fall!

An MRV will be done on the same equipment as an MRI -- it's just going to be different pictures.

Anytime I go for an MRI, I have to leave my lovely chair outside the MRI room and transfer to a yucky hospital chair that won't get sucked into the MRI magnet. Then you transfer onto the MRI bed.

One detail is that you will usually get an IV ahead of time so you can get gadolinium contrast during the procedure. Ask them to place it so it won't interfere with you ability to push yourself -- the first time I didn't know about this and I ended up with an IV in a place that made it impossible for me to be independent.

Best wishes! :-)
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