You get some cotton scrubs to put on, and you stash everything else in a locker. I already knew to leave all my jewelry at home. But of course I took my camera, and they let me snap a shot before I put it away.
This warning is no joke. Check out this video of an office chair that apparently was allowed a little too close:
This also explains why the technician was very exact about where I could stand to take a photo. Can't you just see the camera flying out of my hand and getting stuck inside the machine? I guess I'd be in a little trouble then!
So anyhoo, I lay down, had a collar thingy (that's the technical term) placed around my shoulder and some extra blocks, pads and straps to keep my arm steady and comfortable. I also got earphones with a static-y rock station playing. And a blanket.
They say it sounds like a jackhammer, but it is more of a loud electronic pulse. They did six views, each lasting four to six minutes. I got an extra blanket after the first one; it's cold in there!
You can actually feel a weird pulsing in your muscles; a friend speculated that you have enough iron in your body for that to happen. I also was a little freaked out by a wave of nausea midway through, but the tech said, "It's not the machine." Well, OK then.
At last I was done! After I dressed, they handed me the films and I dropped them off at my doc's, so I should hear something tomorrow or Friday.
I'm just glad this didn't happen while I was in there: