So You're About to Get an MRI ...

 

What is an MRI?

 

MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. The machine scans your body and takes pictures of your insides.

 

 

Why is an MRI important?

 

The doctors want to take pictures of your (body part) to see what is making you feel bad.

 

 

What happens during an MRI?

 

  • If you are coming from home for your MRI you will wait in the waiting room and then walk or ride in a wheelchair to the MRI camera. 

  • If you already staying at the hospital, you will go to MRI in a wheelchair or on a bed with wheels.

  • When you get to the room where your pictures will be taken, the nurse will help move you to the bed that slides in and out of the MRI camera.

  • The camera looks like a big doughnut with a hole or open space in the middle.  Some kids say the camera looks like a spaceship. 

  • The bed will slide into the hole or open space, when it is time for your pictures.

  • The bed sometimes has a cloth seatbelt, just like in a car, to keep you safe.

  • Having your pictures taken will not hurt and nothing will touch you.

  • An MRI will usually take about 30-45 minutes.  The MRI camera makes a loud noise when it takes pictures.  Some kids say it sounds like a jackhammer or really loud buzzing.  There are headphones that you can listen to music with, to help with the noise.

  • You may need to drink some special medicine called contrast.  This medicine helps your doctor see the pictures of your body better that the camera took.  

  • The special medicine or contrast may also be given through an IV.

  • Since an MRI camera uses magnets, you will need to remove all metal from your body (jewelry, hairclips, etc.) before you go into the MRI room.

  • The radiology technologist taking the pictures will be able to see you and talk to you during the procedure.

 

 

What is my job during an MRI?

 

It is your job to lay still during an MRI

 

 

What helps during an MRI?

 

  • Using your imagination/ Visualization

  • Listening to music

  • Sleeping

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