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Young Children Being Given Scans During Their Normal Sleep Pattern

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Staff at the new Royal Hospital for Children have introduced a simple but effective way of giving young children an MRI scan without the trauma for both the child and their parents. 

The first children’s hospital in the UK to introduce this unique way of giving young children between one and two and a half years old an MRI scan, staff are bringing young children into the hospital at night and with the parents following the child’s normal bedtime routine, are doing the scan when the child is fast asleep. 

The child is relaxed and unaware of what is going on and the parents do not have to see their little one being anaethetised and getting distressed or upset. 

Mary Pirie is the hospital’s Site Superintendent Radiographer and has been involved in this innovative way of scanning children since it was introduced. 

She said:  “We are the only children’s hospital in the UK who have introduced this unique way of providing MRI scans to young children. 

“We advise the parents to bring the child in with whatever pyjamas, teddies, toys, blankets and books the child is familiar with at night. 

“The parents can follow the same routine as normal by bathing the child, reading a bedtime story, playing a game, whatever they do to settle the child and once they are sound asleep we can carry out the scan. 

“This really makes a massive difference to both the child and the parents as it takes the stress out having to anaethetise the child causing upset and distress to both the child and their parents.” 


To listen to the the Lead Radioghapher explain what happens click on the following link


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