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MRI Sedated Studies - Information For Patients

 

A Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan uses a magnetic energy rather than x-rays to take pictures of your child’s body. It is completely harmless, but very sensitive to any movement and some children find it difficult to lie still for the scan – either because of their age or their medical condition.

Your child may need this scan so that their doctors can get detailed pictures of the size and shape of part of your child’s body. Various types of scan such as CT, ultrasound and x-rays can show the size and shape of parts of your child’s body but not in as much detail as an MRI scan. The information from the scan is then used to help with diagnosis and plan their treatment.

All children will be medically assessed to see if they are eligible for sedation, so some questions will be asked about your child’s medial history will be asked.

You will be informed before the procedure of the time that your child should start fasting - having nothing to eat or drink before the sedation. It is usually six hours for food (including milk) and two hours for clear fluids before the procedure.

It is important that your child does not eat or drink anything for a few hours before the sedation. Fasting reduces the risk of food and drink in the stomach entering the lungs during and after the procedure. 

Before the scan starts, the nurse or radiographer will take you through a safety questionnaire that the reception staff will ask you to fill out on behalf of your child and the anaesthetist will explain the procedure. If you have any questions the anaesthetist will be there to assist you.

You are welcome to stay with your child during the sedation but will be asked to return to the waiting room for the duration of the scan

When the scan is finished you bill be asked to come and be with your child as they wake up. When your child has recovered fully from the sedation and has had something to eat and drink, you will be able to go home. The radiologist will send a report of the scan to your child’s doctor in time for their next appointment.

 

 

What is an MRI scan? 

 

A Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan uses a magnetic energy rather than x-rays to take pictures of your child’s body. It is completely harmless, but very sensitive to any movement and some children find it difficult to lie still for the scan – either because of their age or their medical condition.

Your child may need this scan so that their doctors can get detailed pictures of the size and shape of part of your child’s body. Various types of scan such as CTultrasound and x-rays can show the size and shape of parts of your child’s body but not in as much detail as an MRI scan. The information from the scan is then used to help with diagnosis and plan their treatment.

Pre-scan procedure:

 

You will be informed before the procedure of the time that your child should start fasting - having nothing to eat or drink before the sedation. It is usually six hours for food (including milk) and two hours for clear fluids before the procedure.

It is important that your child does not eat or drink anything for a few hours before the sedation. Fasting reduces the risk of food and drink in the stomach entering the lungs during and after the procedure. 

Please bring your MRI request form and all previous mammographic imaging to your appointment.

On arrival for your appointment, you will be required to complete a safety questionnaire to ensure it is safe for you to have the scan. A detailed questionnaire must be completed by every patient prior to having their MRI study as some items such as pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators, neurostimiulators, aneurysm clips, metal implants, and implanted drug infusion devices, etc. may create a health hazard or create interference during the MRI examination.

Many metal implants have been tested to be safe to undergo MRI scanning, however some are very dangerous (e.g. pacemakers) and the questionnaire will help determine your safety. This is a critical part of your preparation for the MRI scan. Please be patient in answering these questions as your safety is paramount at Gold Coast Radiology.

We have a detailed database of various medically implanted devices which we refer to when checking a patient’s compatibility with MRI. 

Patients who have had metallic foreign bodies in their eyes from grinding/welding or other accidents will be required to have a screening x-ray to exclude metal in your eyes prior to commencing the MRI scan. 

In most cases there is no other special preparation for an MRI scan. Any special preparation required for your particular examination will be advised at the time of booking.

Due to the safety aspects involved with strong magnetic fields and the sensitive nature of the technology, you may be asked to change into a gown and remove your watch and certain jewellery.

 

 

MRI Scan Patient Preparation:

 

All children will be medically assessed to see if they are eligible for sedation at the time of booking AND again on the day of the procedure, to ensure that that are well enough for the sedation (cough, colds, upset stomach etc. may pose some risk during the sedation).

The anaesthetist will explain the procedure. If you have any questions the anaesthetist will be there to assist you and provide answers to your questions.

You are welcome to stay with your child during the sedation but will be asked to return to the waiting room for the duration of the scan

When the scan is finished you bill be asked to come and be with your child as they wake up. When your child has recovered fully from the sedation and has had something to eat and drink, you will be able to go home. The radiologist will send a report of the scan to your child’s doctor in time for their next appointment.

 

Other Considerations:

Some MRI examinations require an injection of a contrast medium into an arm vein to show more precise detail of tissues.

 

Are there any risks?

MRI does not use ionising radiation which is used in x-ray and CT scanning. The magnetic field and radio frequency (RF) pulses used in clinical MRI are believed not to produce any long term ill effects and is considered to be very safe to patients, especially those requiring multiple follow up studies.  

Any risks with the sedation and medications used should be discussed with the anaesthetist and nursing staff.

 

How long does an MRI take?

On arrival there will be approximately 30mins of preparation time, particularly involving safety questions and confirming your personal and medical details. Most MRI scans under sedation take approximately 30 to 45 minutes to complete.

 Please phone 07 5655 1988 for more detailed information.

 

 

 

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