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Breast MRI tomorrow - claustrophobic and dreading it

(11 Posts)
MadameLeBean Mon 20-Jul-15 22:35:55

Has anyone had one of these? I know that you are face down and there is a hole like a massage table but can you actually see outside ie the floor? And does your whole head go into the tunnel as well? Or just to shoulders? I have got diazepam to help me but I am doubting whether I can cope with being in there for 45mins sad

helzapoppin2 Mon 20-Jul-15 22:43:41

I had a number of those and found them less claustrophobic because your head is at the end of the machine as opposed to being enclosed in it. Good luck!

MadameLeBean Mon 20-Jul-15 22:49:05

Thank you. So is your head sticking out of the tube or just below the entrance ?

helensburgh Mon 20-Jul-15 22:53:32

Dont panic! ive a few, last one two weeks ago, of my gallbladder, so similar positioning!

I'm mildly claustrophobic and was ok, they put headphones on with music and I close my eyes.

You will be face up and head slightly in to the tunnel.

Concentrate on your breathing and think of nice things.

matrix11 Mon 20-Jul-15 23:03:55

I have MRI yearly, although mine is brain not breast, they have to lock my head into place, which was not great the first time as I suffer really bad with claustrophobic but I cope now as I take my own ear plugs and eye mask, which makes a hugh difference to me personally.
I also hum tunes to the noise and think nice things.
Good luckflowers

helzapoppin2 Mon 20-Jul-15 23:08:41

Head down, just inside entrance. You can see the floor, and outside, but because you have to keep still its head down so you can't look around. Honest, I'm a total wuss, but I found it the least claustrophobic position, plus they gave me a buzzer for if I needed it.

MadameLeBean Tue 21-Jul-15 06:06:11

Ok I think I'll be ok if I can see outside

Thank you all

MadameLeBean Tue 21-Jul-15 13:16:28

In waiting room .. Trying to stay calm. Think they are running late so not taken my diazepam yet .. Argh just want it over

MadameLeBean Tue 21-Jul-15 14:57:20

It was horrible but I made it all the way through .. Thank god

helzapoppin2 Tue 21-Jul-15 18:58:14

Well done!

MadameLeBean Tue 21-Jul-15 21:37:53

Thank you.. Fortunately DP was there to hold my hand

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