I had an MRI Scan recently on my head, it was for an ear problem. To be quite honest it did not worry me too much but its not something any one who is claustrophobic would enjoy.
I will just give you my experience and then you can tell you Dad which bits you may think will be of any use. You are asked to take out any metal dentures and remove watches etc - you then lay on a bed/stretcher which they slide into the scanner. You have to lay very still, they actually put something each side of your head to keep you still, and the scanner operator can talks to you when you are in the scanner and you can reply. They play music to you ,but you can still hear the machine working, there are a few clangs and bangs.
It was not as bad as I thought it would be and I have read that if someone is really very frightened they can give them a sedative.
I hope I have'nt made it sound to frightening - will dad be able to understand if you explain to him?
Annie's description is spot on, the only thing I would add is, the machine is huge, however the portion that they slide you into is quite small, so if you are a bit claustrophobic it would be pretty awful. I'm not, and I got a bit stressed out in there nevertheless.
I had one some years ago for my back I'm claustrophobic and I found it frightening, had to have a few goes. They gave me a button to press when I wanted to come out. Being told if I didn't have the scan they'd have to operate that made me go in.
Result: surgeon said he needed to operate, it never happened I did my own thing. That's another story. Padraig
Sylvia,Yes I've written a book in the past 18 months, snatching time when Jean sleeps. I've got to find a way of having it published, once that's underway I'd like to start on the next part.
The story to date, is from the time I was sentenced to be detained for 14 yrs for begging as a two year old and to be disposed of (not my words) on reaching 16.
Let lose into a strange and exciting world the story ends with me marrying Jean.
It's a story I felt compelled to write, but now my next one will deal with our life's journeys Far East, Europe, and Middle East. A large part will deal with our experiences in handling Alzheimer's, 'The Power of Love'.