Hey lass....I do suggest you go look at it. I don't know if you have them where you are, but we have some "open" MRI machines around here. They are even more open then the prior machines. Even with that, I had the regular MRI machine and was Ok with the head being open like Ivy said
The other thing was they had piped in sound. I could bring my own music that played while I laid there. I just had to pick something that would not make my toes tap. That made the whole thing go even faster. For an MRI of my full back and upper legs, it went very quickly.
I know it won't be easy, but this test is the best to find many things. Take care.
Maybe you can ask how long your MRI is expected to take? I had two MRI’s one day apart, and the first was a pelvis MRI to check m y fistula, and it only took 15 minutes! I was in and out so fast! The 2nd was a bowel MRI and it took much longer, about 45 mins. If it’s for your pelvis it might be a quick one.
Also, as the others have said, you are given a panic button to squeeze if things get hairy for you….. and your head will probably be poking out of the hole at the top, so the only thing in a confined space is your body, and even that has room to move, its not like a coffin!
Hope all goes well, I’m sure it will be less scary than you anticipated, just remember, its all in the mindset!