MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a test that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of the organs and structures inside the body. An MRI of the head can give your doctor information about your child's brain, eyes, ears, and nerves.
When your child has an MRI, he or she lies on a table, which moves into the MRI machine.
If you aren't pregnant, you may be able to stay in the room with your child during the test. You will also have to remove all metal objects while you are in the room.
An MRI of the head can help find problems such as infections, tumours, and bleeding. It can also show the type and size of head injuries.
Talk to your doctor about all of your child's health conditions before the test. For example, tell your doctor if:
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines your child takes. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your child's test results.
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Current as of: October 14, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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