Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

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MRI is a routine diagnostic imaging exam that uses a large magnet, radio waves and a computer to produce 2- and 3-dimensional images of your child's body's organs, tissues and bones.

An MRI scan is:

  • often the imaging method of choice because it does not use ionizing radiation (x-rays)
  • a way to better evaluate various parts of the body and certain diseases that may not be assessed adequately with other imaging technologies
  • painless, since the MRI scanner takes pictures without touching your child's body
  • safe
  • interpreted by a pediatric radiologist or pediatric neuroradiologist; the results are reported to your child's physician

How Boston Children's Hospital approaches MRI

Performing MRIs in children poses unique challenges. The Division of MRI at Boston Children's provides a soothing, kid-friendly environment with:

  • highly trained pediatric radiologists with expertise in supervising and interpreting MRI in children of all ages
  • technologists with years of experience in imaging children and teens
  • protocols and procedures specifically for pediatric use, which means age-appropriate care for children and the best possible images for the radiologists
  • distraction techniques that include music and video goggles
  • the Try Without program, which gives 4- to 6-year-olds the chance to try to undergo their MRIs without sedation.
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