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MRI Scan

"MRI" stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging; it is the latest and most advanced method of diagnostic imaging.  It combines a powerful magnet, radio waves and a sophisticated computer to create highly detailed anatomical images of the body.  It has two major advantages.  Firstly, scanning can be performed in any plane within the body therefore greatly enhancing the information that can be obtained.  Secondly, no x-rays are used.

Your child will need to lie flat and still on the MRI table.  A parent or caregiver can be in the room while the scan is being done.  The table will move slowly into the scanner.  The part of the body being scanned must be positioned in the centre of the magnet.  The magnet is open at both ends and there is two way communication with the radiographer.  During the scan you can hear a rhythmic tapping sound which will last from several seconds up to several minutes.  The scan can take anywhere from 30-60 minutes.

If you don't think your child will be able to lie still for this scan then a general anaesthetic is recommended.

This page was last updated at 10:21AM on July 12, 2021.