Expectations surrounding a paediatric MRI scan can cause anxiety and nervousness in parents, carers, and children alike. We are here to ease your concerns and shed light on the process.
What you need to know before a paediatric MRI scan
Before you attend the MRI scan, you may like to discuss the following to better prepare your child for the procedure:
- The MRI scan will not hurt, though some discomfort may occur as your child will need to lie still for an extended period.
- The scan will take between 20 and 30 minutes from start to finish.
- Your child will need to wear a provided examination gown.
- Your child will be required to remove all metal before the scan.
What happens during the MRI scan?
Once the scan is underway, all your child needs to do is relax and stay as still as possible. You can rest easy knowing you can speak with the scan technician throughout the entire process.
Making the scan more comfortable
- Bring a toy, blanket, or another comfort item familiar to your child.
- Understand your role as a parent, which is to reassure your child and promote a sense of calm.
- Follow the technician’s instructions, as these will keep you and your family safe.