Taking valium for MRI
Taking valium for MRI
When you seek a doctor’s help to diagnose a certain health condition, you will be asked to undergo some medical procedures such as CT scan, MRI scan, ultrasound, X-ray, and breast biopsy.
Is there any benefit from taking Valium for mri?
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But first, what is meant by MRI?
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a type of scan that uses a large magnet and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues inside the body.
MRI is one of the safest imaging techniques available because, unlike X-ray or CT scans, MRI doesn’t use any ionizing radiation.
Composition of MRI scanner:
An MRI scanner is composed of a large tube containing powerful magnets, the patient lies inside the tube during the scan.
MRI scan is used to examine almost any part of the body including:
- Brain and spinal cord.
- Bones and joints.
- Heart and blood vessels.
- Internal organs such as the liver and prostate gland.
MRI scan results are very helpful in diagnosing the disease, planning the treatments, and determining how effective the previous treatment was.
What happens during the MRI scan?
During an MRI scan, the patient lies on a flatbed, this bed will later be moved into the scanner.
Depending on the part of the body needed to be scanned, the patient will be moved into the scanner with the head or feet first.
The scanner is operated by a well-trained radiographer using a computer in a different room.
An electric current in the scanner coils will be turned on and off producing a loud tapping noise, you will be given earplugs to wear.
During the MRI scan, the patient is asked to keep as still as possible to get a detailed and accurate image.
The time of the scan varies from 15 to 90 minutes depending on many aspects as the size of the area scanned and how many images are taken.
MRI scan is not recommended in certain conditions such as:
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding: although it’s thought that it is safe to use an MRI scan in later pregnancy (after 3 months), it is not well-known whether the strong magnetic fields have long-term harms on the developing baby or not.
- Metal implants such as:
- Metal plates, wires, or screws for bone fractures.
- Nerve stimulator.
- Drug pump implant.
- Eye implants.
- Intrauterine device (IUD).
- Dental fillings and tattoos.
Many patients experience anxiety during an MRI scan. This is because of the noise generated from the scanner; also the anxiety may be a symptom of claustrophobia in some cases.
Some tips for relaxing rather than taking Valium for mri:
- Listen to music or wear an earplug.
- Try to control your stress by controlling your breathing, inhale through the nose and exhale slowly out of the mouth.
- Close your eyes and imagine you are on a wide sandy beach for example.
What is Claustrophobia?
An anxiety disorder where the person experiences a fear of enclosed spaces, restrictions, or suffocation.
About 20% of patients undergoing MRI scans can’t complete the procedure due to claustrophobia.
The symptoms may be mild and easily handled, or severe and characterized by at least four of the following:
- Chest pain.
- Chocking sensation.
- Fear of dying.
For severely distressed
For severely distressed or pre-determined claustrophobic patients, a short-acting sedative or anti-anxiety agent can be prescribed before the procedure.
Among many sedative medications, a benzodiazepine drug such as Valium is a great choice for moderate anxiety prior to an MRI examination.
Taking Valium for mri to relieve anxiety will enhance the effect of GABA (a certain neurotransmitter in the brain) which suppresses nerve activity.
For more severe symptoms related to claustrophobia, taking Valium for mri may be combined with an opioid medication (mainly prescribed for pain and sedation).
The patient should talk with an expert and list all the medications taken within the last few days before going through the MRI scan.
Some side effects arise due to taking Valium for mri such as:
- Loss of equilibrium.
- Sleep disturbance.
Avoid these before taking Valium for mri:
- Drinking alcohol.
- Grapefruit juice.
After the scan, you can resume your normal daily activities immediately, unless you have had a sedative.
In this case, a friend or a family member should drive you home and observe you for the first 24 hours.
It is not safe to drive or drink alcohol for 24 hours after taking Valium for mri.
Before you undergo an MRI scan, talking freely with the healthcare provider and asking any question, and sharing with him/her your fears from the examination will greatly help you with your examination.