MRI scans take from 50 to 90 minutes, and sometimes a bit longer depending on the type of scan.  Most children under the age of 8 are sedated for these procedures. Our department has three state-of-the-art MRI machines - one open MRI and two traditional MRI machines with the largest openings currently available, to give children more room and a more spacious field of view. Our open MRI room is equipped with "Ambient Experience" technology that allows patients to select a comforting scene that will be projected onto a giant curved wall. Patients can relax at the ocean or explore the jungle. Because there is no ionizing radiation involved with an MRI, a parent can usually sit in the room with his or her child after completing a simple safety screening. In order to ensure your physician has access to the best images possible, a radiologist will determine which MRI scanner will be used to scan your child based on your child’s diagnostic needs.