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Anybody done this scan with the contrast medium Gadolinium.? I maybe have to do it but uncertain about the health risks
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Re: MRI scan

Information from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists
https://www.insideradiology.com.au/g...ntrast-medium/
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Anybody done this scan with the contrast medium Gadolinium.? I maybe have to do it but uncertain about the health risks
I had no side effects, just a cold sensation. But they did play Mozart again in the headphones, I think I am allergic.
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I really hope it doesn't make you pee bright yellow! Other than that I think it is fairly benign.
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I had no side effects, just a cold sensation. But they did play Mozart again in the headphones, I think I am allergic.
To Mozart? I usually ask for Jazz, which the Romande have a funny idea. Last time it was more country than jazz. Yea-hup!
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Iíve had several mriís with contrast. Donít know what contrast, didnít ask, but had no problems.
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Re: MRI scan

Only got contrast fluid for a CT scan a couple years ago. No effect beyond the fluid feeling cold while being injected. No dizziness, nothing. If I remember well, X-rays represent a higher exposure to radiation than any contrast fluid.

Due to the same health issue got a MRI of my head a year later. No contrast but my head was fixed inside something like a full face helmet. MRI sounds are like very very abstract electronic music

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Only got contrast fluid for a CT scan a couple years ago. No effect beyond the fluid feeling cold while being injected. No dizziness, nothing. If I remember well, X-rays represent a higher exposure to radiation than any contrast fluid.

Due to the same health issue got a MRI of my head a year later. No contrast but my head was fixed inside something like a full face helmet. MRI sounds are like very very abstract electronic music

There is very very abstract electronic music. That I like. And then there are MRI sirens.

Maybe your helmet softened the deafening noise. Earplugs and headphones both worn together weren't enough.
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Devil's cave!

I spent an hour inside that torture device with uncomfortable headphones and Covid face mask! Just when you think you are deep enough, the Devil pulls you another half a meter in I also had contrast injection directly in my joint before I got shoved in. Also had weights hanging off my leg to increase the gap between my joints.
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The noise is horrendous. They put headphones on which are bloody useless, still canít hear the music over the machine!
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Re: MRI scan

Where I go if they have the doors open there's the boooooo tish booooooo tish ... sound which is like the start of a 90's trance track but the nar nar nar nar nar nar bip bip bip bip bip bip bip bip isn't so much fun. I get my head done so they usually wedge the headphones in the box pretty tightly. Without those wedges it'd be pretty unbearable. I don't have the music on. The worst thing is when they talk to me though the headphones and they have the volume on 11. Pretty sure I get gadolinium and have never had any problems but I read that some people do.
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Re: MRI scan

I've had a few. As others have said, the contrast fluid only feels a little cold as it runs through your system, otherwise there are no other side effects. The MRI is noisy, clunking and hammering, like you're standing near a jackhammer of sorts :-)
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The noise is horrendous. They put headphones on which are bloody useless, still canít hear the music over the machine!
I found it very noisy when i had it done on my knee and foot. When doing the neck, they gave me earplugs. That made a massive difference.
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Re: MRI scan

How much does it cost to have MRI scan done? Do you need doctors note or anything or is it fine to ask/schedule one without hassle?

Want to check my head health due to migraines and nosebleeds.
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How much does it cost to have MRI scan done? Do you need doctors note or anything or is it fine to ask/schedule one without hassle?

Want to check my head health due to migraines and nosebleeds.

Yes, generally you need to see a doctor first. Around CHF800-1000. Depending on various things.
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Want to check my head health due to migraines and nosebleeds.
Yes, you need a doctor's recommendation, no decent imaging center will accept you for an MRI otherwise. You should talk to your doctor so he can advise on what kind of examination you may need based on your personal medical history, and to follow through afterwards with any treatment that may be necessary. Do you have a GP?

A head MRI would be around 800 chuffs, and should be covered by the swiss basic insurance (depending on your "deductible"). Overall, with doctor consultation, any blood tests and all that it would be about 1.5k - assuming no serious underlying condition is discovered - fingers crossed...
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Yes, you need a doctor's recommendation, no decent imaging center will accept you for an MRI otherwise. You should talk to your doctor so he can advise on what kind of examination you may need based on your personal medical history, and to follow through afterwards with any treatment that may be necessary. Do you have a GP?

A head MRI would be around 800 chuffs, and should be covered by the swiss basic insurance (depending on your "deductible"). Overall, with doctor consultation, any blood tests and all that it would be about 1.5k - assuming no serious underlying condition is discovered - fingers crossed...

By recommendation you mean referral (ueberweisung) I suppose. I don't think you necessarily need one cof a private scan but then the health insurance won't pay. Of course any place you go will want to have a consultation before the scan.


Your pricing costs GP consultation and blood tests at 700CHF which is way too much for a GP. My MRI a couple of years ago at Bilddiagnostik in Basel was something like 950CHF. I don't know what the university hospital charges.


Anyway to atheriz, I hope it's not anything serious.
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Re: MRI scan

I hated the noise, too. I asked them to tell me when each block was done. In the first round, they didn't, so I then told them that I need to hear when I'm allowed to move, so that I can thereafter keep still properly.

Since the patient moving is one of the big reasons that images fail, they were suddenly highly motivated, and did tell me each time I was allowed to move. Not much space, nor much time, but just being able to shake and shiver for a few seconds in between each set, provided relief.
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Re: MRI scan

I managed to fall asleep last time I had an MRI. And that was a 4T beast - very loud. (Full disclosure - I'd just started taking beta blockers that made me very sleepy).

The first time I had an MRI, I was nauseous from morphine and some what worried I might need to throw up. They gave me a panic button. Simply having it stopped me panicking.
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I managed to fall asleep last time I had an MRI. And that was a 4T beast - very loud. (Full disclosure - I'd just started taking beta blockers that made me very sleepy).

The first time I had an MRI, I was nauseous from morphine and some what worried I might need to throw up. They gave me a panic button. Simply having it stopped me panicking.
Donít they always have a panic button? Iíve always had one.


Yes they are very noisy and restrictive but Iíve had a few, some with the contrast medium, and theyíre bearable. The shoulder one was the worst due to the position I had to be in.
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