Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a safe and painless diagnostic test that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed pictures of the body’s organs and structure. MRI can be used to detect many conditions, including problems with the brain, spinal cord, bones, chest, lungs, abdomen, pelvis, wrists, hands, ankles or feet. It can often provide experts with more information about what’s happening within the body than an X-ray, CT scan or Ultrasound.
Radiology experts at SSM Cardinal Glennon work with families to ensure that kids are happy and comfortable during their MRI. Interactive MRI suites in the Imaging Center allow young patients to choose their favorite color theme using an iPad. Kids can select a favorite video to watch before the MRI and can actually continue watching that same video during the MRI procedure, on a flat-screen TV in the ceiling above the MRI.
Many children have difficulty lying still and may need sedation for their MRI. Our team works with families during the scheduling process to determine if a child needs sedation. Nurses and physicians trained in sedation MRIs work at SSM Cardinal Glennon to guide patients and their families through the process.
[photo: A young patient watches a video with an MRI technologist and her mother before a procedure. Note the purple-hued room: Patients can choose their favorite color to light up the room.]
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