Our department has three state-of-the-art MRI machines. Each are equipped with features to help make the exam more comfortable for patients. These features include:
- a wide open 70cm bore that maximizes the open space feeling while in the scanner
- an entertainment system that allows patients to view movies or pictures as they are scanned
- themed rooms – a Treehouse, a Submarine and a Sand Castle
Since ionizing radiation is not involved with an MRI, a parent can usually sit in the room with their child after completing a simple safety screening. Exams last an average of 60 - 90 minutes but can extend longer, depending on what images the doctors are requesting. 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.
Multiple services are available to assist patients who are unable to complete their study due to claustrophobia, pain, and/or inability to remain still for the duration of the exam.
- MR-I Can Do It: This program provides age appropriate patient education on what to expect during the visit by a trained Child Life Specialist, helping reduce the need for medication. On the day of service, the patient will meet with the Child Life Specialist, who will guide the patient through their entire MRI experience. The service is available Monday through Saturday at dedicated times and requires advanced scheduling. The age range for this service is from 6 to 18 years of age. Each exam is reviewed by an MRI Technologist and Child-Life Specialist to make sure the patient is a good candidate.
- General anesthesia (GA): Available if a patient is not deemed eligible for the MR-I Can Do It program. GA is offered Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and each case is reviewed by the GA team to make sure the patient can receive this service with minimal risks.