MRI Explanations for Children


Going to a hospital and undergoing a myriad of tests to determine what is wrong with them can be very traumatic for a child, and this includes going for an MRI, during which is it vital that the patient lay very still.

With this in mind, Johns Hopkins Pediatric Radiology Department have created a video in which kids can learn from Fin the Fish everything they need to know about going for an MRI.

Your child’s MRI exam may or may not use anaesthesia. This video explains the process for having a paediatric MRI without anaesthesia at Johns Hopkins.

Fin’s Fast Facts 

– Your MOST IMPORTANT job is to hold still during the MRI.
– Everyone must remove all metal before going into the MRI room to make sure we all stay safe.
– Remember to wear comfy clothes that do not have zippers, snaps, glitter or buckles.
– A favorite blanket or stuffed animal can go into the MRI scanner with you as long as it does not contain any metal.
– You will never be by yourself. A parent or caregiver can stay with you during your MRI, just remember not to talk to each other once the scanning has started.
– Since the machine is noisy, we will give you earplugs and headphones.
– Some kids say it helps to make a list of questions ahead of time. Lots of people are excited to meet you and ready to answer all your questions!

For more information on Magnetic Resonance Imaging, please refer to our Common Medical Procedures & Tests Page


Here is another video – a short animation – for children about what to expect before and during an MRI scan which may be more suitable to younger children.

I like the way in which the little girl in the second video makes it like a game, or a space adventure as this should appeal to all small children. 😉


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This is a blog about CHILDHOOD CANCER and CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a non-profit organisation that offers support and aid to Children with Cancer and their families. When a child is diagnosed with cancer it affects the whole family. One of the parents, usually the mother, must give up their job to care for the child and this creates financial problems for the family. In South Africa especially the majority of these families are not well-to-do; many of them are rural. A diagnosis of cancer can wipe out any family’s finances, let alone a poor family. The costs of special medications, special diets, hospital stays, transport to and from the hospital or clinic and accommodation and food costs for the mother who spends most of the time at her child’s bedside are astronomical. These are the people and problems that fall through the cracks, and these are the people that Little Fighters Cancer Trust has pledged to help in any way possible. LFCT takes a holistic approach to assisting the Children with Cancer and their Families, with the main aim to be the preservation of individual dignity and pride. Little Fighters Cancer Trust also focuses on promotion and advocacy of National Childhood Cancer Awareness in an effort to increase awareness of Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer. This would result in earlier diagnosis, giving the Child with Cancer more of a chance at Treatment and Survival. See "About" for more Background info

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