The stealth MRI…

Markers placed and stealht MRI in a trailerSo, here was today’s big procedure at UCSF. First, two young women attached nine things called Fiducial markers to my head, shaving a little hair, but greatly helped by my bald spot.

Then I was whisked to a large trailer parked at the hospital loading dock, into which was tucked a GE 1.5 Tesla Signa MRI machine, with all the gear to keep the superconducting magnet cold.

This time my head was taped down before being placed in the antenna/helmut, unlike the previous exercise, but I managed 30 minutes in the machine just fine, breathing deep breaths, counting the passage of time as I did the careful set of breathing – three deep and slow, followed three regular, and began counting each set of six breaths at about a minute.

I started to drift off at one point, put pulled myself back lest I move and goof up a study. Surgeons will use this study, carefully aligned to the markers attached to my head to very delicately dig around in my brain tommorrw. I wanted this scan to be as clean as possible.

I think I’m as anxious today as I am ever likely to be: I think if I can manage a closed MRI under these circumstances, I can probably get through one anywhere. I was even ready to have a seizure in this machine and not ruin the study. Kudos to cognitive therapy, with a little help from ativan…


About Chris Gulker

Chris Gulker, a self-described Infuential Blogger, lived in Menlo Park, California with spouse Linda. He passed away in late October 2010.
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4 Responses to The stealth MRI…

  1. Shauna says:

    I stumbled on your website quite by accident when Googling brain tumors. I wanted to wish you well before your surgery (of course you might be reading this afterwards). My thoughts and prayers are with you. I recently (over the summer) underwent cranial surgery for a facial schwannoma the size of a lemon. I’m still recooping – but this experience has been one of the best of my life. I hope you have a similar experience. I will check back on you in the coming days.

  2. pauldwaite says:

    Now they are two very pretty medical professionals. And one hilariously grumpy-looking dude in front of them 🙂 Awesome.

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  4. Alice Carrott says:

    Think of you lots. Your pics and blog are really amazing. You are staying so well grounded in the face of disappointing news. Wish there was anything I could do – other than keep you and Linda close in prayers. I’m researching digital cameras for a future buy. So many models, my mind is swimming. What is your take on companies and cameras the size to go in purse??
    Hang tough and keep your hopful perspective.

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