This is a question that we wish were asked of us more often. It’s usually presented as “I took medication to relax me. Is that okay?” At this point, it almost has to be, right? We feel that for most of what we do here at Open Upright MRI that medication is not needed. However, bringing along something to relax you may not be a bad idea. It’s better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it. With that being said, there are some medications that we recommend you take, and some we don’t.
If your doctor prescribes you Valium or Diazepam, please do not take it. It will cause you to move during your Open Upright MRI procedure and possibly render it undiagnostic. We recommend either Ativan or Xanax. These are all anti-anxiety medications that tend to make you drowsy. Since we usually scan in the “upright” position, getting sleepy usually causes you to move inadvertently. This is the reason that we feel it is best to attempt to do your test without any medication. If it has been determined ahead of time that you will definitely be using medication for your exam, we ask that you show up 30 minutes ahead of your scheduled time and then find out if we are on schedule. If we are on schedule, go ahead and take the medication then (unless it’s Valium or Diazepam). If we are running behind, find out how far behind we are, then wait that amount of time before taking your medication. We ask this so that your medication will have time to work without wearing off.
Again, we want to remind everyone that most of the exams we do here are much easier than going through a traditional MRI. Most people do not need medication. It really is for people that just can’t do it any other way. We say this because we want you to get the best exam possible to help get the best results we can so that your doctor will know best how to treat you. Just know that we are here to help in any way we can, and we look forward to working with you!