Jordan Canfield isn't a D.J., but he will pull out any musical tune he has on hand, if it makes this part of the day a little easier for those who come through the door. Canfield is an MRI Tech at Little Falls Hospital. "While you are in the MRI machine we can offset that (nerves) by giving you something like ear plugs or music. It help put you at ease a little bit," says Canfield who has a pile of C.D.'s he keeps in his office.
Canfield knows firsthand that the MRI machine makes some people nervous, even though you won't feel anything going through the scan. The test can provide vital information to doctors when diagnosing anything from torn ligaments to brain tumors to cancer. "You can see the whole spine all the little nerve fibers, all the exiting nerve routes you can make them out clearly." Essentially the scan is a 2D projection of a 3D image. The most important part of the scan is that patients hold still through the exam, which varies in time but typically last anywhere from 20 to 35 minutes.
As a professional Canfield knows what is on patient's minds when they come for an MRI. His profession hits close to home. In fact his family has partly inspired his career. "My mother and my father both have had MRI's before, and my mom is extremely claustrophobic," says Canfield.
In the faces of his patients he knows all too well the support they need, and he's there for them just like family, "When I get someone scared, and I'm able to make them feel comfortable and get them a good quality test it is very rewarding... when they come out and say thank you, you did such a good job."
So whether it is reassuring those who've had joint replacements, that the scan is safe, or putting on country music, he says it is all just part of the job in the field of medicine.