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Children’s MRI Journey

We have produced a patient journey experience for children attending for a MRI scan in our hospital. The videos produced are aimed at children to help them understand and be prepared for their visit to the MRI department in the children’s hospital.  

Arriving for your scan

Some children attend the department for appointments, but some children may come directly from wards in the hospital.

When you arrive at the MRI department you will be greeted by a member of the reception team. The staff member will take note of your arrival and direct you to the waiting area; you will wait here until your name is called by the radiographer.

Before your scan

The radiographer will be the person who does the scan, but before the scan they will need to ask some questions to confirm they can proceed with the scan.

Where the radiographer sits

A locker will be provided for you and your child to store any personal belongings that contain metal. You can not bring anything with metal into the MRI machine. Your child will be weigh before going in for their scan. You will then see where the radiographer will sit during the scan.

The MRI machine

You will be taken into the MRI machine room. The machine is a short tunnel that is open at both ends.


Laying down having your scan

Your child will lay down on the bed. The bed can move up and down, and in and out of the machine to get your child into the right position for the scan. During the scan, your child will be able to watch a movie on a TV that is behind the scanner. They will be able to listen to the movie through headphones provided. You will be able to stay in the room with your child during the scan.

The scan will take multiple pictures. The whole scan can take around 15 to 45 minutes.


After your scan

Once the scan is complete, the radiographer will take your child out of the MRI machine and return the headphones. If your child attended the scan from a ward in the hospital, they will be transported back to the ward, if you attended for an appointment you are now able to go home.

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