#firstMRI is a project! Tweetchat tonight

Update 3/23: here’s the transcript of the event.

Remember December’s post about the #firstMRI idea, to help poor unsuspecting patients prepare for the “monkeys banging on garbage cans” experience? It’s a project now! Join us for tonight’s #s4pm tweetchat at 8 ET / 5 PT!


(Background info is at bottom here.)


  • T1: Bad experiences with MRI? What could be done to make it better?
  • T2: How did you deal with anxiety/claustrophobia before/during an MRI?
  • T3: How can we get the info to the point of care or when an MRI is prescribed?

For more information about our Tweet chats, and for the latest chat transcript, check the page



Excerpt from the December post:

As you can see in the later comments on Tuesday’s post, @Xeni’s first MRI did not go well. She was given no hint of what the experience would be like – the horrible banging and clanging in the claustrophobic space – and the tech operating the thing “scolded” her (Xeni’s word) for not being still enough as she tried to use deep breathing to calm herself.

Can we not do better than this, people??  Yet others said they’ve had similar experiences. I had no idea what it would be like, and at the time although I did okay with it, I kept thinking, “Good heavens, is there any reason they can’t WARN us about this?? Give us a YouTube of what it’ll be like, gory sounds and all??”

A bunch of us created, ad hoc, a hashtag #firstMRI, and collected ideas, all in 2-3 hours. … Let’s find a way to get this out into every MRI shop in the world – WARN US, people! Let us prepare!

It continues with a Storify.com capture of some of that amazing tweetstorm.



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4 Responses to “#firstMRI is a project! Tweetchat tonight”

  1. Jessica Maslowski says:

    Thank you for the post, Dave! Wow, what a team S4PM is! Proud to be a small part.

  2. Audun says:

    Hi Dave,

    Just published the #firstMRI hashtag as submitted by @yogileana:


  3. More proof of my weirdness: I always rather enjoyed the MRIs I’ve had — even though I was in excruciating pain for one of them. I listened to a fairly cosmic CD and I think those ginormous magnets helped transport me to another dimension. And I guess I should also note that having struggled with agoraphobia at times, I loved being stuck in a tube. Cozy!

    • Ileana Balcu says:

      I was wondering, can you bring your ipod or your own CD to listen to? Or do they have a set of music CDs that you can pick from?

      That would be a nice accommodation that should be easy to do.

      Love how different we are: a claustrophobic: I can’t ever do that, and agoraphobic: please, give me more!

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