I've not had the luck of an open MRI but I did just have a new one done.
I was planning on finally being able to try the "New Open One" 'cuz I am also, VERY claustrophobic
I was stunned when my NS said, "NO" the open MRI's are not as defined and do not yield results as good as closed MRI so I had to again go in the tomb.
I had never heard this
had he not pointed it out.. I would have done it
And back in 2001 an MRI (and subsequent radiologist report) showed "No Herniations" like you, my surgeon opened me up and I had a massive herniation - disc fragments everywhere and the time I waited to have surgery and the length of time and manipulation during sx - left me w/permanent nerve damage.
Seems we always come back to the proven motto, "Listen to your body"
I KNEW something was wrong & luckily my Dr believed me.
The CD'S are awesome
I did get one from my CT & Bone scan - will ask for the MRI as well.