I had a brain scan last week. It was very weird and space-age!
I'd heard reports from friends who have experienced this that it can be extremely claustrophobic, and from others that there was really not much to worry about. Just knowing that you need to have a brain scan is a pretty daunting thought but I always try to put a positive spin on a daunting situation. I went with no panic and no expectation and was pleasantly surprised. The MRI scanner looked amazing*, like something from a science fiction film and the room was filled with the quiet sound of a low-level pulsating whooshing beat. Stanley Kubrick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey kept coming to mind. Staff at the hospital were helpful and explained what would happen, and kept me informed throughout. "How exciting - I'm in a sci-fi movie" I told myself. As my head entered the machine it wasn't bad at all. Then the noises started and I wanted to laugh. 20 minutes or so passed and it was all over.
I'm sure if you are seriously claustrophobic it can't be very nice, but I have to say I really quite enjoyed the whole movie-like space-age fantasy element to it. It makes me smile still. If you need to have a brain scan my advice is to go in with a good attitude and enjoy it.
*The photograph above isn't the machine I was scanned on, it's a photograph I found online and have credited accordingly.
Love a Space-Age Experience