Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a powerful imaging technology that can produce high resolution images of the body and enable radiologists to diagnose your child’s condition. We have highly trained pediatric MRI technologists and nurses that will ensure a smooth process for your child’s exam. At Lurie Children’s we are committed to a patient centered approach to provide the best experience for you and your family.
We have specialized MRI examinations for common and rare conditions for every organ system, including neuroimaging, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, thoracic, abdominal, and pelvic imaging. We perform fetal MRI, whole body MRI, advanced tumor imaging, advanced liver stiffness imaging, heart and vascular imaging and more. Our interpretations are performed by board certified radiologists with subspecialty expertise in pediatric imaging. With the help of our 3D lab, we provide anatomically accurate and beautiful images to give your doctor the best information to prepare for the next steps in your child’s treatment.
Meet The Team
Our body, interventional, and neuroradiologists are board certified in the interpretation of MRI scans. We also have trained technologists scanning patients for their MRI scans and nurses that assist during their appointment.
What To Expect
Before your child enters the MRI scan room, they will be asked to put on a hospital gown or scrubs. Your child will lie on a bed on their back and/or front depending on the type of MRI being done. Before the exam starts all patients will be given either earplugs or headphones to help with the loud noises that the MRI machine makes. Some patients will have an IV placed by our nurses for their MRI test.
To avoid sedation, we have Child Life Specialists available for additional psychological support. For infants, we offer a special technique referred to as "feed and swaddle." In some instances your child may need to be sedated, you can learn how to prepare for sedation here. Patients that are not sedated may bring a CD to listen to or a movie to watch while having their MRI. Your child will be asked to lie completely still while we take the MRI pictures. The machine will then surround the body part to be examined. The machine makes a "knocking" sound as it goes around to create the picture. It may be necessary to give your child contrast material (a liquid that shows up on the MRI) intravenously during the exam.
Once the exam is complete, your child may eat and drink as usual, unless you are told otherwise. A radiologist will interpret the final images and a report will be sent to your child's doctor.
Watch the below video to learn more about what happens during an MRI.