Can Someone My Size Have A Traditional MRI?

by Kenlie Tiggeman on February 2, 2012

I have a few questions for you today, but first, let’s talk about weigh-in day.  It’s today, and I’m ready.  I’ve taken a few peeks at my weight through the week, and I’m not expecting to see a loss.  It’s frustrating because I’ve exercised hard all week, and my eating habits have been great (with the exception of a few minutes last week.)  And while I’m not perfect, my week has been healthy overall…So I’m going to focus on the fact that I did 5 and 6 miles on the elliptical, weight training and other forms of cardio.

Over the last seven days I completed 5 miles on the elliptical then completed 6 miles a couple of days later.  I worked out before the sun came up, and I got it done last night even though I just didn’t feel like it.  I’m also going to appreciate the fact that I’ve found new vegetables to love and new ways to prepare and consume them.  I’m going to adjust my workouts, continue to refine my eating choices and look forward to another healthy week.  And now, on to my question…

A Facebook friend reached out to me about her nervousness over having an MRI next week.  She’s about my size, and she’s not sure what to expect.

Has anyone my size or larger ever had an MRI?  Does someone my size have to worry about fitting into a traditional machine?  I’ve read that the general MRI tube can hold over 400 pounds, but my only experience with it has been the open option.  The open MRI is obviously a good idea for obese patients, but it’s not always available. Do any of you have experience in a regular MRI machine?  Should someone under 300 pounds be worried about fitting?

The test is nerve-racking even without the added fears of fitting.  I hope you’ll join me in wishing her a positive and healthy outcome.



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