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MRI Airway (Sleep) Study

MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging. An MRI uses a powerful magnet, radio waves and computer to acquire pictures of just about any body part, including your child's airway.

Airway MRIs are ordered if your child is having airway problems and breathing difficulties that occur during sleep. An MRI will take pictures of the throat, nose and mouth while your child is sleeping.

The Department of Anesthesia provides general anesthesia for children who have airway problems and breathing difficulties that occur during sleep. Anesthesiologists focus on keeping the airway safe, keeping your child from moving during the procedure and aiding in a rapid recovery from anesthesia, with minimal side effects.

Consent must be obtained from the child's parent or legal guardian before services are rendered. If the parent or legal guardian is unable to attend the appointment, you must bring a phone number where they may be reached at the time of the appointment. If we are unable to reach the parent or legal guardian for consent, the child will not be seen.  

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Before the Study

During the Study

After the Study


Last Updated: 06/2012