It is important to inform and prepare your child for their MRI so they are comfortable with the process.
Let your child know that:
- MRIs do not hurt
- The big machine takes pictures of their insides to help them feel better.
- It’s important to hold very still during the scan.
- A registered technologist will help them move onto the MRI bed.
- MRI beds sometimes have seatbelts, like cars, to help keep you safe.
- The MRI makes loud noises when it takes pictures but you can listen to music to help with the noise.
- A registered technologist will be able to see you and talk to you during your MRI scan.
- It’s sometimes helpful to use your imagination. Pretend you are going to outer space or flying a plane.
The most common issue with small children obtaining MRI scans is their inability to hold still.
Depending on your child’s age, we will evaluate whether or not a oral sedation is necessary and consult with your referring physician.