Our Imaging Services team goes to great lengths to put pediatric patients at ease before and during an X-ray, CT scan, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan or other imaging tests.
When you arrive for your appointment, your child will meet with a certified Child Life Specialist – a pediatric health care professional who specializes in helping children cope with the challenges of hospitalization, illness and medical procedures. Too much movement during an MRI or CT can lead to poor image quality, and the test may have to be done again.
Sometimes, only Mom or Dad can provide the comfort that a child needs. That’s why we allow parents to be in the room for all imaging tests except those that involve anesthesia.
We also invite you to tour our Imaging Services department with your child before their test. Led by our Child Life Specialist, this brief tour is a good way to help your child understand what will happen on the day of their procedure. They can feel the type of tubing that may be attached to them during the test, see the MRI or CT machine – and even practice lying on the equipment.