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Should My Child Get An MRI?

 

Should my childA parent’s number one concern is always their child’s well being. A common question we hear from parents when their child is getting an MRI is, “Is it safe?” As parents, it’s important to always ensure you’re never putting your child in harm’s way, especially if it is simply due to a lack of knowledge. We decided to break it down and explain anything you should know when your child is about to get an MRI.

 

Is it safe?

MRIS are not suitable for everyone, this includes children. For example, metal is a complete no-go when undergoing an MRI which leaves out anyone that has metal in their body. Radiologists have to ensure that the MRI will be safe for your child before they undergo the scan. According to UCHL, the parent will receive a safety questionnaire to ensure that the MRI is suitable for your child. Currently, there are no known risks of having an MRI if you meet the safety criteria unless you undergo numerous scans which increase radiation exposure.

 

Will my child need sedation?

Many times, children are uncomfortable with undergoing an MRI scan because it is hard to sit still for a long period of time. Many places will offer the option of sedation which helps children feel relaxed and stay still during the scan. It is usually recommended for children who can’t stay still to have an MRI under sedation in order to complete an effective scan since movement during the procedure will affect the image’s clarity.

 

Is sedation dangerous?

As with the MRI, you will be instructed to fill out a safety form which covers your child’s medical history. This helps the center eliminate any potential risks based off of their medical history. It is extremely rare for anyone to experience serious complications such as respiratory distress or hypertension due to sedation. Your doctor will make an informed decision before referring your child to ensure that there are no present risks.

 

It can be scary for your child to have to go to the doctor, especially when undergoing an MRI. We’re here to answer any of your questions to soothe any concerns you may have. We understand that you may want to know any potential risks, alternatives, etc., before allowing your child to receive medical attention. Contact us if you have any further questions, we would love to help!