For Kids: MRI what is it?
What is an MRI?
MRI is a large tunnel, like a long donut, which is actually a camera with a tunnel going through the middle that takes pictures of the inside of your body.
Why it's important to have one? How do I do it?
The doctors want to figure out what is hurting you. To do this they want to take some pictures of the inside of your body. You don’t need to smile, but you have to listen to instructions and try to stay really still. The camera will come close to you but won’t touch you.
What happens when I have an MRI?
There’s a great video about this on youtube:
But basically this is what happens:
You will be lying on a bed which slides through into the big tunnel.
You may get some medicine that will help you lay still during the procedure.
The MRI camera makes loud noises when it takes pictures, like very loud hums, knocks, beeps, and clicks samples of the noises can be found here
The MRI technologist will provide ear plugs or headphones that can help decrease the noise. Some sites may have headphones to allow you to listen to your own music.
Special water may also be given through an IV to enhance the pictures.
The radiology technologist taking the pictures will be able to see you and talk to you during the procedure.
Other things about having an MRI
Sometimes a parent can stay with you during the MRI.
You can bring a blanket or a soft toy with no metal parts to hold during the MRI.
Close your eyes and use your imagination: think about your favorite place to be, it will be over before you know it.
Adapted with permission from original by Phoenix Children’s Hospital