Our own Slsh mentioned something called an upright MRI machine to me when I was lamenting the fact that I didnt think that I would ever be able to get an MRI if I couldnt find a doctor who would sedate me with twilight sedation. So far none of my doctor's were willing to do that even though they will do that for infants and small children or the very elderly. I mentioned in passing to my ortho who really didnt seem to want to hear it so I took my campaign to my family doctor and he was very interested. He had never heard of it before but he got out his laptop which is where he keeps patient charts, switched it over to the internet and pulled it right on up. He said well there arent any in our area, I see two fairly close to us...Durham and Charlotte...would you be willing to travel to Durham if I can get you in? I said most certain, that is the one I would rather go to. So he said he would have his staff get to work on it. Well I sort of thought he forgot about it because things happened and this was last November. Xmas came and so much happened. I ended up with that awful MRSA infection and getting rid of that was a nightmare. After that we have been dealing with Buck all this time. I did call the doctor to remind them sometime the end of February to ask if they remembered and the middle of this month the called me back to get some information from me and just last week the called me back and made the appoint for 3/30/12! at 7pm Oh I was scared. When I walked in the room and saw the machine I got a grin from ear to ear. I could have kissed them. They made a machine for me. Yes it is a bit tight on my sides but I can handle that. I just sit there still and stare straight ahead with my hands on this pillow thing and listen to the machine make its noise while I watch videos on a tv in front of me. So much better. I asked how it would be if they do a head MRI and they said the only difference would be they would put a football helmet type thing on my head to keep my head still. I can do that too. No problem. I still see forward. I am thrilled. So proud of myself. No more fear of MRI's. YEAH!