|Posted by Goh Chun Hui (Jack Goh) on May 27, 2010 at 11:00 AM|
Every Thalassemia Major Patients should go for MRI T2* safety screening at least once a year at the hospital or the place patients are having their blood transfuion. MRI screening is use to monitor the exact amount of iron overload in your body. The whole MRI process will take anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour. During the MRI process, the staff will place an shell cover over your chest while you are laying down, you might feel a little uncomfortable as the cover is pushing against your chest. More so they will put some sticker for ECG to monitor your heart functions all the same time. They will put on an headset over your head, so they can communicate with you during the whole process. Smoothing music or radio will be played, before starting the procedure, so as to keep you relax while they get really to start the first procedure.
I am having my MRI screening at KK Women's & Childrens Hospital in Singapore. Before the screening, you had to remove your clothing. Wearing on your underpants over an big skirt/shirt the hospital provided for male. After changing your clothing, you can place all you belonging in the locker provided. During the screening, no metal items is allow. Any watch, ear ring, spectacle should be removed before the scan. The cost for MRI screening is about $300 plus Singapore dollars, if you're a member of Thalassaemia Society Singapore, you can get back half the money spend on MRI screening. For my case, I am subsidies by medifund, so I did not need to pay. That's it for this post, hope it helps you to understand better on MRI screening. I will see you later (: