Pediatric MRI without sedation

April 3, 2010

Clinicians at the VU Medical Center in Amsterdam have recently published an article in the European Journal of Pediatrics, where they describe how they managed to scan 90 children (aged 3 to 14 years old) without sedation: they performed a mock MR scan. Each child and his/her parents were taken into a decommisioned MRI scanner and were explained the purposed of the exam and the procedure, including listening to recordings of the sounds an MR exam makes. A real exam was performed afterwards with a high success rate.
Although labor intensive and time consuming, those are good news for researchers focused on pediatric MRI.
More information can be found in the article published online March 13 in the European Journal of Pediatrics

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