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 What’s the worst thing that could happen at an MRI appointment? A lot of patients will say that the worst part of an MRI appointment is the waiting. Even though we strive to keep your wait time as brief as possible, the worst thing to happen at your MRI appointment could be the machine breaking down. Think it can’t happen? Think again. Yes, medical imaging emergencies can happen, and when an emergency strikes, it’s important to know how to keep calm.

The first very human reaction to an emergency? Freak out. Although we may have a plan for how to react when emergency situations like this happen, our patients don’t. So in the unlikely event that something like this happens again, we’ve developed some guidelines and tips for things that patients can do on their end to help make everything easier, both on them and on us!

Step 1) Stay calm. 

If you show up for your appointment and a somewhat flustered receptionist who informs you that the machine is broken greets you, don’t freak out.  This doesn’t mean that the machines are dangerous and frequently self-destruct, and there’s no reason that something like this should make you nervous about having your procedure done down the line. Our scanners are machines, and like anything else are subject to technical difficulties occasionally.

Step 2) Make sure to gather all the information.

If something like this comes up, we’ll try to inform our patients as soon as we possibly can, whether it’s through Facebook, in person, or by phone. Our staff should be able to provide you with all the relevant details and walk you through what’s going to happen next, but if you feel like there’s something else you need to know then don’t hesitate to ask—we’re here to help!

Step 3) Understand the rescheduling process.

 If you’re one of the people whose appointment is affected due to a malfunction, then there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that you don’t have to have your procedure that day, so get out there and do something spontaneous! The bad news is that you’ll have to do it a different day. Our staff should be able to walk you through the rescheduling process, and can coordinate with our other centers or surrounding facilities to try to get you in for a procedure as soon as possible.

Step 4) Don’t forget to laugh about it. 

Stuff happens, plans change, and life goes on. One of the most important things to remember is that even when a situation is unexpected and throws a wrench in your plan, something good always comes out of it. Whether it’s a funny story that you share over dinner, a friendship that you forge while sitting in the waiting room, or simply a kind exchange with a staff member who just needs some encouragement, if you look hard enough you can always take something good away from a bad situation.

Situations like this don’t happen often, but if they do happen to you, make sure you follow these steps! If you need a medical imaging appointment, schedule one with us online.