• Are you claustrophobic in a CT/PET scan, MRI, Bone Scan, or while wearing a mask for radiation?

    Asked by GregP_WN on Wednesday, January 9, 2019

    Are you claustrophobic in a CT/PET scan, MRI, Bone Scan, or while wearing a mask for radiation?

    How do you handle it? Do you have to be sedated? This is a terrible fear for lots of people. Maybe we can offer some tips to get around/through it for them. Let's hear your ideas.

    19 Answers from the Community

    19 answers
    • Bug's Avatar
      Bug

      I take Valium prior to an MRI. I've done one breast MRI without it but felt much better having it. It also helps to relieve some of the anxiety I feel prior to the exam. The facility used to give it to their patients but now you have to supply your own.

      For me, an MRI on my back is worse than an MRI on my stomach. I know it's best not to open my eyes while I'm on my back - so, of course, that's exactly what I want to do! I'm not comfortable lying flat on my back either. If I open my eyes on my stomach I look into a mirror that is strategically placed below me and I can see out into the room which makes it feel not so claustrophobic.

      about 1 month ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      @andreacha, OMG!

      about 1 month ago
    • Gumpus61's Avatar
      Gumpus61

      Had my first MRI today.....a sanity check.

      about 1 month ago

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