Once you arrive at the facility you will be screened by a radiographer for MR safety. They will either use your prefilled form, or a new one similar to this. Please answer truthfully as this regards your personal safety. You will then have to change into a hospital gown or scrubs to ensure that there is no metal in your clothing.
Once cleared you will enter the scan room and lie on a bed that transports you into the open chamber inside the MRI. You will be given ear protection as the scan can be very loud. Depending on the protocol you are enrolled in, you may relax, watch a movie, listen to music or you may need to follow commands, which may include breathing maneuvers or executing tasks. You may be connected to equipment that records some of your physiological signals (e.g., heartbeat, respiratory motion).
Depending on the protocol you are enrolled in, the visit may take between ½ to 2 hours to complete. We will advise you of the likely time before you enter the scanner or you may ask your study coordinator for further information. Once inside the scanner, you will be given a squeeze ball to alert us of any concerns or distress, and we will communicate with you and see you.
Additional Paediatric Considerations
If your child is receiving a scan, they will most likely engage in play therapy to prepare for the experience. If not, please contact us and we can arrange for it. We have a mock scanner for this purpose that can simulate an MR exam. Depending on the study and if your child is very young, they might be sedated or anaesthesised. Please follow the instructions of your study coordinator in that respect.
If your child is awake and needed, one parent may stay in the room with the child for comfort. In this case, the parent must prepare like a study participant (clothing, safety screening form) and use ear protection.
Depending on the study, your child may be able to watch a movie. We have a small selection, or you can bring a DVD, Blue-Ray disk or other medium to play.