Susan Morrison: My user guide to being MRI scanned

An MRI scanner makes quite a racket when you are inside, but Susan Morrison managed to fall asleep
An MRI scanner makes quite a racket when you are inside, but Susan Morrison managed to fall asleep
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Should any of you be planning a quick trip to an MRI machine, here’s a handy user guide.

Prepare to be impressed. This is a very fancy machine, and the NHS bought it just for you. When I stood in front of it in that natty gown and my socks, I felt totally unworthy of this investment and vowed to be a better Girl Guide in future.

Get yourself a radiologist called Laura. She is brilliant. Other radiologists are available, and I haven’t tried them all yet, but this one is good.

Don’t have a fight with your husband about having to take your wedding ring off and then ask the radiologist to back you up. They are professionals. They cannot lie. I was wrong, he was right. It can stay on.

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Cheer yourself up by humming the theme to ‘Thunderbirds’ as you go into the machine. It’s pointless, but fun.

This one is important. Do not fall asleep, which I managed to do, despite the racket.

When the machine moved to get me out at the end of the session, I didn’t realise it was all over and I screamed like a panicked cat.

Not a good look, or sound.

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