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Breast MRI problems

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:53 am
by Blossom
Has anyone had problems with breast MRI imaging due to tremors. I have had difficulty with standing for a mammogram and on asking about sitting have been told it is not ideal for a good image so just grin and bear it. My oncologist and specialist radiologist recommendation was for a breast MRI every second year because of the type of cancer is not detected as well on mammogram. However it has become increasingly difficult due to tremors kicking in and getting progressively worse while lying face down in the scanner. Even sedation has not helped to overcome the tremor. theradiographer believe the problem is due to claustrophobia but I am not convinced. They have decided I am not a good candidate for MRI in future because it must be claustrophobia. But I think it might be OT related. An uncontrollable tremor not helped by lorazepam coupled with sweating so I had to abort the scan early and only one image. Has anyone had any problems like this while lying face down. Usually lying is not a problem for me but I never usually lie on my front

Re: Breast MRI problems

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 1:08 am
by Blossom
Also the tremors started in the ankles an progressed to whole body.this was the seconded aborted MRI in two weeks. On sitting up after coming out of the scanner the tremors stopped. A day later I still had pain in the shins from the tremors in the scanner. Has anyone if the have had problems with imaging been prescribed anything that actually reduced tremor problems when being scanned?

Re: Breast MRI problems

Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 6:40 pm
by Theresaann
[quote="Blossom"]Has anyone had problems with breast MRI imaging due to tremors. I have had difficulty with standing for a mammogram and on asking about sitting have been told it is not ideal for a good image so just grin and bear it. My oncologist and specialist radiologist recommendation was for a breast MRI every second year because of the type of cancer is not detected as well on mammogram. However it has become increasingly difficult due to tremors kicking in and getting progressively worse while lying face down in the scanner. Even sedation has not helped to overcome the tremor. theradiographer believe the problem is due to claustrophobia but I am not convinced. They have decided I am not a good candidate for MRI in future because it must be claustrophobia. But I think it might be OT related. An uncontrollable tremor not helped by lorazepam coupled with sweating so I had to abort the scan early and only one image. Has anyone had any problems like this while lying face down. Usually lying is not a problem for me but I never usually lie on my front[/quote][quote=Blossom post_id=6174 time=1548309191 user_id=144]
Has anyone had problems with breast MRI imaging due to tremors. I have had difficulty with standing for a mammogram and on asking about sitting have been told it is not ideal for a good image so just grin and bear it. My oncologist and specialist radiologist recommendation was for a breast MRI every second year because of the type of cancer is not detected as well on mammogram. However it has become increasingly difficult due to tremors kicking in and getting progressively worse while lying face down in the scanner. Even sedation has not helped to overcome the tremor. theradiographer believe the problem is due to claustrophobia but I am not convinced. They have decided I am not a good candidate for MRI in future because it must be claustrophobia. But I think it might be OT related. An uncontrollable tremor not helped by lorazepam coupled with sweating so I had to abort the scan early and only one image. Has anyone had any problems like this while lying face down. Usually lying is not a problem for me but I never usually lie on my front
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Blossom: I suggest that you find another clinic or teaching hospital to have your mammograms performed. I am lucky enough to have mine done at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington or Peabody, MA. They have a special chair for such situations. There are different types of mammograms available, in addition to ultrasound imaging. It is not 100% necessary to have to stand (which I have a tremendous trouble with also). Do some research in your area. If your MD is uncooperative in this matter, find another doctor. We are patients, but we are also customers and therefore have rights to our care. Good luck and prayers.

Re: Breast MRI problems

Posted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:23 pm
by bevnix
Hi,I went for a mammogram today,it was awful.I had to sit in between every image,I couldn't hold myself up. Bevnix

Re: Breast MRI problems

Posted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:28 pm
by Patricia Diamond
I contacted the radiology department when setting up my mammo. I explained I needed to sit throughout the procedure. The staff was very accommodating, after being forewarned.

Re: Breast MRI problems

Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:43 pm
by Photocatseyes
Good to know! Thanks for sharing.

Re: Breast MRI problems

Posted: Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:03 am
by bevnix
Yes,I had one in August and barely made it through.
Bevnix