"Am I going to turn into a radioactive spider?"

Whether they’re showing up for a CT or an MRI, people always have a ton of questions for us, some of them normal, some of them not. Over the years we’ve served a lot of different patients, so we’ve had the opportunity to hear some pretty hysterical questions. Here are some of our favorites. 1) Am I going to turn into a radioactive spider? People always get a little freaked out when it comes to drinking the contrast before procedures. They want to know exactly what weird side effects they might experience, whether it will make them radioactive, and how they might be different afterwards. Unfortunately we can guarantee that you won’t develop spidey-senses because of the contrast. It’d be kind of cool though, right?

2) Is this machine a transformer? We get it. Whether it’s an MRI or a CT machine, they both sound and look like they’re straight out of a Transformers movie. And hey, it’s kind of cool to feel like you’re getting your brain scanned inside Optimus Prime. Don’t get your hopes us, though, it’s highly unlikely that your machine will turn itself into a corvette that you and Megan Fox can drive off into the sunset in.

3) Can we switch to anything besides Dubstep? We can admit it, these machines make some REALLY strange noises. They hum, they beep, they rattle, they vibrate. It pretty much feels like you’re at a bad Dubstep concert when you’re inside the machine. Unfortunately we haven’t figured out a way to make them mimic more relaxing classical music, yet. I’m sure someone out there is working on it, though. Until then, try to enjoy the free show! Just remember, fist pumping isn’t recommended.

4) Why does the contrast make me feel like I’m going to pee my pants? Honestly, we really have no explanation for this. It’s just one of those really weird things that it does. Just let it happen.

5) Be honest. How many times have people actually peed their pants? For privacy’s sake we can’t in good conscience disclose this sensitive information. We’ll just say that it’s definitely happened and leave it at that.

Getting a procedure done can be scary, but don’t let that get the best of you! Embarrassing things happen, whether it’s a silly question that you ask or an embarrassing moment you experience during the scan. Make the most of the situation and don’t forget to laugh at yourself like this woman did.