You will be given a special set of eating and drinking instructions when scheduling the procedure. You should receive a phone call to confirm your appointment 24 to 48 hours prior to the MRI exam. A packet of information will be mailed to your home prior to your appointment date. Please be sure to read the packet of information carefully.
If your child is on medications ordered by a doctor, give them at their scheduled time with only a sip of water or a teaspoon of Jell-O.
Your child will be assessed and prepared for the procedure. You will be asked questions about your child's medical history, allergies, current medications, previous anesthetic experience and current health status.
General anesthesia is typically given by having your child breathe anesthetic gas through a mask. In older children, anesthesia may be given through an IV. An anesthesiologist will maintain the anesthetics by a mask or an IV.
Anesthesia professionals will monitor your child closely during the test. Doctors and nurses will monitor and check the heart's activity, blood pressure and oxygen levels and observe the airway.
The MRI machine is a large magnet. Therefore, dress your child in comfortable clothing with no metal snaps or zippers. Your child's metal hair barrettes, hair pins and earrings must be removed prior to the test.