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MRI feet or head first? MRI feet or head first?

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Unread 09-19-2011, 08:43 PM
MRI feet or head first?

I'm scheduled for a pelvic MRI in the morning. I'm short - only 5' 2". Any idea if they'll let me go feet first?? I'm claustrophobic and I'm sure it'd make all the difference in being able to get through the test.
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Unread 09-19-2011, 08:45 PM
Re: MRI feet or head first?

I went feet first when I had my pelvic MRI...hopefully your's will be the same way.
Unread 09-19-2011, 08:55 PM
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For my appointment, I went head first for my MRI looking at my ovarian cyst. I am about the same height as you.

Talk to your doc about getting some meds if you think you won't make it through the MRI. My understanding is that you need to stay very still. My imaging took some time - roughly 40 minutes. They gave me music to listen to, but that might not help if you are claustrophobic. You can also ask about open MRI - they might have it at your center.

Good luck.
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Unread 09-19-2011, 09:21 PM
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I am 5'5". I was put in feet first. My trick to get through it was to close my eyes very tightly and keep them closed. That way I could pretend that I was in a much larger tube. I am sure that the wall of the MRI was only a few inches from my nose since I needed extra pillows to be comfortable but with my eyes closed, I had no idea. Everything went just fine and I do not like tight spaces. I think I might even have snoozed a little.
Unread 09-19-2011, 09:23 PM
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Danni, so despite going feet first, your head was in there???
Unread 09-19-2011, 09:34 PM
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I would have to say yes because the light became dimmer even though my eyes were closed. I was put in twice, once for about a half hour and then back in again after they put something in my veins for contrast. Both times I kept my eyes tightly closed. It really did the trick for me. I am sure I would have flipped out if I had opened my eyes or even peeked. By the way, you can talk to them and they give you a panic button to hold in case you need their help immediately.

Be aware that is it very noisy. My hospital had a sound clip of what it would sound like so I had a good idea of the noise. In my case, they gave me earplugs but I hear that in some places, you can listen to music.
Unread 09-19-2011, 09:36 PM
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My biggest problem is breathing the same air over and over. The warmth of it freaks me out. Having my eyes shut may help, but I'll still notice the air. Did you notice anything like that?
Unread 09-19-2011, 09:41 PM
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I went in head first but there was an opening on both ends, so there was plenty of fresh air. Good luck. They're not fun even if you're not claustraphobic.
Unread 09-19-2011, 09:43 PM
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Nope, not at all! The air was nice and fresh and that is why I had the impression that I was in a wide open space. Mentally, I know that the wall had to be inches from my face, but emotionally and physically, I did not have that sensation at all. The other thing was that I was told not to move at all so I kept very very still. I didn't try to touch the sides with my arms either so that I could maintain the illusion of roominess. Funny how one can trick the brain. LOL
Unread 09-19-2011, 09:47 PM
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I am claustrophobic and all of my MRIs have been scheduled in a open unit and with a prescription for anxiety meds. Additionally, my DH has always been allowed to be with me and hold my foot to try to help keep me calm through the test. Even then, it takes everything in me to get through it.

Is there an open unit in your area? Will you be given meds? I cannot even imagine trying to have an MRI in the tunnel with claustrophobia. Unlike (((Danni))), even with high doses (the pharmacist was worried it was so high) of anxiety meds, there was NO tricking my mind even with the open unit!


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