How to Prepare for Your Child's Exam
During your visit with the Medical Imaging department, we recommend that you keep your child awake on the way to the appointment. This will make it easier for them to fall asleep at the time of their exam.
It is also helpful if your baby is hungry right up to the exam so that they are eager to feed. Please follow the feeding instructions closely:
- If you are using formula milk, please bring a feeding for your baby. We will ask you wait to feed your infant until your baby has been seen by someone from the MRI/CT department.
- Our staff will provide guidance and tell you when to begin feeding.
- You will be in a quiet environment until your baby falls asleep. When your baby is soundly sleeping, we will place them in the special comfortable holder and position them in the scanner.
We will be watching your baby closely throughout their examination. You may also stay with your baby throughout their exam.
- Upon arrival, you will be asked to complete a metal safety questionnaire for you and your baby. You will be asked to leave any metal objects like jewelry, watches, keys, and cellphones in a locker outside the scanner room.
- Any medication patches and monitors will be removed at this time.
- Your baby will be weighed and measured, then changed, swaddled and earplugs placed prior to feeding. We will provide you with protective ear plugs to wear as well.
The scan time depends on the type of body part being imaged and the scan being done. CT exams are typically performed quickly. MRI examinations take longer and could last from 30-60 minutes. It is also dependent upon how still your baby remains, as movement will result in repeat imaging. If your baby is unsuccessful in completing the exam, a staff member will assist with rescheduling the study with anesthesia. Additional information regarding anesthesia can be found here.