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  • Pediatric Magnetic Resonance Imaging

  • Diagnostic Imaging

    Frequently Asked Questions

    • Is any special preparation required?
      In an older child who does not require sedation, no preparation is required. Younger children who may need sedation may not have anything by mouth for 6 hours before the test. At the time the exam is scheduled, you will be given more specific instructions if your child is to have sedation. Learn about our sedation services.
    • Does my child really have to hold still?
      Yes. An MRI exam is composed of a series of images. Each series takes 3 to 5 minutes. Any movement during this time causes the pictures to be "blurry" and limits the radiologist's ability to interpret the study. Also, we focus the exam on a specific part of the body. If a child moves, the area we are focusing on may no longer be in the proper position.
    • How long will the exam take?
      The average exam takes 45 minutes. It may take more or less time depending on what part of the body is being studied.
    • How and when will we be informed of the results of the exam?
      After the scan is finished, one of our board-certified radiologists will interpret the study and send a report to your doctor within 24 hours.

    Read about MRIs and gadolinium-based dyes.