We offer children’s MRI services at Open Upright MRI for children ages 8-18. Our child friendly environment will make your little one feel right at home. If you are preparing to bring your child in for a MRI scan, take a minute and read this short story together about Sue’s MRI adventure.
This is a story about Sue…
Sue’s Special Picture
Today, Sue is going to Open Upright MRI.
She is visiting Greg and will have a special picture taken. This picture is called an MRI scan. MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging and it uses a strong magnet to take pictures.
Sue meets Greg who will take pictures using the big magnetic machine. It looks like a space ship and makes lots of noise. This machine will take pictures of the inside of Sue and these pictures will help the doctors find out why Sue is not feeling well. It doesn’t hurt at all to take the pictures.
Any kind of metal will spoil Sue’s pictures so Greg asks Sue to take off any metal, like jewelry, zippers, belt buckles. Some children may have to change into a gown. This is because the metal will ruin the pictures.
Sue practices being very still for the pictures.
Lesley is a specialist who helps her prepare for the scan. Lesley talks to her and answers any questions she may have.
Time for the scan!
Sue goes into the MRI room so she can get her pictures taken. She sits down in a chair that moves.
Sue is having pictures taken of her head, so she wears a ‘special helmet’ when she is inside of the scanner. Sometimes the machine that takes the pictures makes a loud banging noise.
Sue has brought her own DVD with her so she can watch a movie while the pictures are taken. In most cases, children are able to watch TV or hold their favorite stuffed animal. Please bring in your favorite DVD or stuffed animal too, just like Sue!
Sue’s mom or dad stays with her while the pictures are taken but they also wear headphones too.
Sue stays very still for the pictures. It is very important to be still so that the pictures are not blurred. Sue hears Lesley through a microphone while looking at her pictures on a computer screen.
It takes 20-40 minutes to take the pictures.
Goodbye and well done Sue!
When the pictures are finished, Sue says goodbye and leaves with her mom or dad.
Sue had a picture taken of her head, but you may have a picture taken of any part of your body.