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Hi hun sorry you have such a hard time with this. I've had them done and as much as I didn't like holding still that long I really didn't suffer from being closed in. Maybe if you take a couple klonipin before you go? or when you call to make the appt: talk to the tech tell them about your concerns. Tell them you are extremely clotraphobic and you need to know what options are available to you. Trust me they don't want you freaking out any more than you want to.
let us know what they say
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I'm with you on the claustrophobia. When you call to make the appointment, may I suggest you make the appointment and find out if maybe you can talk to one of the Radiologists and they can give you all the details as to length of time in the machine, sedative/interactions to sedative, etc. I did that the last time I had a brain MRI back in January. I went with a sedative. I actually think they gave me something called Versed (and let me tell you I didn't know they put me in the machine, I don't remember being in it and I don't remember coming out). I fell asleep almost immediately upon the IV injection and woke up a happy camper not remembering anything. There are things that can be done to alleviate the fears of claustrophobia. Good luck and let us know how it goes.