Boston Children's Hospital

Participation Resources and Information

Welcome! 

First time coming to FNNDSC for an MRI or MEG scan?

 

You may have lots of questions and we are here to help! On this page you will find all sorts of useful information about what to expect and how to prepare for a scan.

 

Take a moment to read over our material, and if you still have any question, we would love to hear from you!

 
MRI SCAN PREP & INFO
PREPARATION
  • follow child's standard pre-bedtime routine

  • do not let child nap prior to scan

  • bring toys, snacks, and comforting items to relax child

  • practice placing earbuds in child's ears

  • familiarize child with sounds of MRI

Preparation
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BEFORE SCAN
  • confirm paperwork

  • answer questions

  • play with child and put them to sleep

  • ear putty placed in child's ears

  • takes from 1-2 hours

DURING SCAN
  • baby is swaddled by techs

  • muffs placed over ears

  • padding placed around baby's head to prevent shifting

  • coil placed over baby's head

  • parent can choose to stay in scanner room

  • scan takes 25-60 mins depending on study

  • if child wakes, scan will resume once put back to sleep

Scan
ADDITIONAL

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Info
Materials for Children

 

Below you can find a video to show your child to help them understand what they will be doing during their scan.

GETING READY
  • wash child's hair but do not use oils, hairsprays, or gels

  • on day of can do not give child any caffeine

  • do not allow child to sleep on commute to lab

  • if child can not fall asleep during appointment, the scan must be rescheduled

Preparation
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ONCE AT LAB
  • tech will perform recording and explain steps

  • sensors placed on head to measure movement

  • a digital scanner will be used to map 3D image of brain

  • electrodes placed around eye to measure movement and on stomach to measure heartbeat 

DURING SCAN
  • some studies (EEG) will involve a scan

  • an EEG cap with washable gel will be placed on child's head

  • tech will place baby in Baby MEG scanner

  • another tech will take recording from an adjacent room

  • scan will help measure brain and reveal abnormalities

Scan
ADDITIONAL

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MEG PREP & INFO