Magnetic resonance Imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive test that can help doctors diagnose and treat your child more effectively. Children are often more comfortable in an Open MRI, which features a wider opening and feels much less confining than more traditional versions. Open MRI’s also allows the technician to speak to your child and maintain eye contact for a more reassuring, and overall calmer experience.
Additionally, the faster scanning capabilities of an Open MRI reduce the interference caused by the child’s motion, because they have to remain still for less time. It also increases the clarity and acceptability of images, improving the chance of a successful test on the first try. An MRI does not require ionizing radiation, which means that it is a safe, effective diagnostic tool, which means one less worry for parents.
How Does an MRI Work?
Like traditional MRI’s, an Open MRI uses an advanced computing system, radio waves, and a powerful magnetic field to produce incredibly detailed images of otherwise hidden, internal structures. By scanning soft tissues, organs and bones, an MRI can help diagnose a wide range of conditions within your child’s chest, brain, pelvis, abdomen and extremities within a matter of minutes.
An MRI can literally peer beneath the surface to locate injuries, cysts, bleeding, swelling, tumors, disorders, and congenital abnormalities. It is so precise that it can also be used to diagnose infectious diseases such as encephalitis, or detect conditions related to tiny nerve bundles or blood vessels.
What Kids Need to Know About an Open MRI
First and foremost, children need to understand that an MRI does not hurt. It is just a very big camera that takes pictures of their insides so that their doctors can make them feel better. They need to know that they have to be very still when the Open MRI takes the pictures.
Even though an Open MRI makes noise, it is really safe. Some children find it comforting to imagine that they are on a plane or flying into space on a wonderful spaceship that can travel to the stars. They also need to know that they are always safe and will never be alone during the testing.
If your child has severe anxiety, your doctor can advise you if a mild sedative can be administered. This is more common with very young children, who are unable to remain still during the scan. If your child needs an MRI, rest assured that our highly trained, caring staff will explain the procedure so that your child feels calm and safe.
Open, high field MRI’s, and anti-anxiety medications can help most pediatric patients get the necessary diagnostic imaging they need. If you, or a loved one have questions, claustrophobia, or anxiety about an Open MRI, please call us at (561) 795-5558 to talk about your options. You can also request an appointment online with one of our board-certified radiologists in Wellington, Belle Glade, Lake Worth, or Royal Palm Beach today.