I've never had an MRI before. There was a cancellation, so I was phoned on Friday with the offer of a Tues appointment at 5:15pm. I had a problem start about 3 months ago that led to extreme pain in my neck, left shoulder and arm, and numbness from my shoulder down my arm to my finger and thumb on the left side. Had many opinions from T.O.S. and brachial plexus injury to C5-6 disk bulging [neuro's opinion]. Also, xrays show lateral stenosis on the left at C5/6, so that could be another possible cause. My condition has finally improved about 80% now, after 3 months of hell and many treatments [osteopathy, chiropractic, massage, physio, but most especially Chinese medicine including acupuncture.] But, I'll be glad to get the MRI still to see what the disk looks like in that area - if it is bulging by how much, etc. I am also hoping that the MRI request will include the head in addition to the neck to help rule out MS and Chiari Malformation. I am bringing ear plugs, I hear it's noisy. I don't think I am claustrophobic, but then I've never been strapped in a tube with my head caught in a vice, lol! Ativan does nothing for me, and I don't know how long it takes for valium to work so I might not get the option of drugs -- they don't give them and they say if I take valium I must bring someone and I don't know of anyone avail on such short notice. So, I don't think I will take my valium. I am bringing Rescue Remedy and valerianaheel. Any other suggestions? Oh, and I guess I better not drink too much water before hand! Seems like I might be in there for half an hour acc to what person on phone said. Will they let me take a quick look at the picture, do you think? Any other info would be appreciated. how much radiation is this anways?? Thanks. Jen F.