Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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What should I expect when I bring my child to the hospital?

When you arrive, please go to the MRI radiology check-in desk on the second floor of the main hospital. An patient experience representative will check in your child and verify his or her registration information

We will give you safety screening questionnaires to fill out for you and your child:

  • This form will ensure that your child can be safely imaged in MRI
  • Please bring supporting documentation of MRI safety if you or your child have had any surgical implants or devices. Delays may result if devices need to be researched. Some exams may need to be cancelled if the required MRI safety information cannot be obtained.

We will give you an MRI safety screening questionnaire to fill out for your child:

  • This form will ensure that your child can be safely imaged in MRI.
  • If you plan to accompany your child into the scanner room, you must also fill out a form for yourself.
  • Please bring supporting documentation of MRI safety if you or your child have had any surgical implants or devices. Delays may result if devices need to be researched. Some exams may need to be cancelled if required MRI safety information cannot be obtained.

After you check in, a radiologist will:

  • Explain the procedure to you and your child
  • Answer your questions
  • Obtain your written consent

What happens in the MRI exam room?

When your paperwork is complete, you will be taken to an MRI exam room where:

  • A member of the nursing team will weigh and measure your child
  • Your child will change into hospital pajamas
  • You and your child will need to remove all metal objects. Lockers are available for locking up any valuables.

Your sedation nurse will:

  • Confirm that all preparation instructions were followed
  • Review your child's health history and current health status and medications
  • Check your child's temperature, heart rate, breathing rate, blood pressure, and oxygen level, and listen to his or her lungs.
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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