What Happens When A Baby Has An MRI Scan?

Charlotte - posted on 10/14/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My 3 month old daughter has epilepsy and is undergoing an MRI scan at the end of the month to check for brain damage, what happens and how long does it take?

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Toni - posted on 11/01/2009

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my son just turned 5 mos old- he had an MRI last weekend to check for brain damage/ possible masses to explain his seizures. his took 45 mins. An MRI is basically a very in depth xray of your childs brain. THey sedated our son to keep him still because that is very important while the MRI is going on, for them to get a good picture. Then he was laid on the table and they started the MRI. the table moved into the Machine. it basically looks like a big doughnut and the table goes through the middle slowly, and it takes pictures as it goes through. Sorry if you already know that... just wanted to provide all info possible. Its painless for them so you dont have to worry about that. It took one day for us to get back the results, but it does depend on how busy the radiation technologists are that read the scan..good luck... hope it is normal!

Jay - posted on 12/09/2013

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Good evening everyone. I have read all comments and how scary it must have been for you all, glad to hear positive news on your dear little ones. My daughter is 6months old, 6days ago she had severe siezures, after spinal tap, blood tests, benzo's, scans, docs see left brain problems, tomorrow morning she goes in for anesthetic MRI scan to determine why. I am absolutely terrified about it, we are in a Portuguese hospital, so the language barrier is horrid, I can't talk to professionals about this, they think I'm mad about my concerns, as they seen this all before, 5am I can't feed her boob, water, or food, for 4hours, how do I cope, any advice? Is it fatal, and what are the side affects? All I know is I'm scared, please any advice would be great...onelove...

Jaclyn - posted on 02/19/2013

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When my son was born the cord got wrapped around his neck and my placenta ruptured. The lack of oxygen caused him to start having sezuries at 20 minutes of life. They sudated him and gave him Phenobarbital to stop the seizure. The MRI at birth was not normal, but the MRI 3 days later was normal. My son spent his first 8 days of life in the NICU under going hundered off test to pin point the sezuries including 3 spinal taps and filled him with antibiodicts. (which later I found out could have damaged his hearing) They never found a reason other than the lack of oxygen during birth for the seziures. His is four months old now and has not had a seziure since. He has not even ever really been sick other than a runny nose for 2 weeks. His is gaining weight and a all around happy healthy baby. He is doing everything a 4 month old baby should and even more alert than other babies his age. His regular doctor want to stop a treatment, stop meds and treat him like a normal baby unless another seziure occurs then do a MRI. The brain doctor at children hospital want to do another MRI and watch him for a while. I am scared of them doing another MRI with all the radiation and putting him to sleep. But I dont want to miss something by not doing the MRI, Both doctor are very strong in thier opions. I am so confused MRI or NO MRI. I just want what is best for my baby??????????? anyone

Dawn - posted on 10/15/2009

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hi all,



My son had his first MRI at 2 months of age too. He was put to sleep and then after about an hour and a half, he was in a type of receovery room and we were allowed to go in just as he was waking up. They are painless and use no radiation, so they are safe to have done. Good luck!

Lauren - posted on 11/07/2009

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My son had to be sedated, which was the worse part. Then I had to leave him. Make sure you have someone with you if you can't stay with your baby girl. When he started coming to they called us in and we waited for him to wake up, then he was back to normal. The results of the MRI were normal.

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Melissa - posted on 12/15/2013

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My son had his MRI in October of this year. The MRI was three hours long. The doctor wanted the MRI of his brain, spin, and thoracic cavity. We found out that both frontal hemispheres didn't developed normally. He in return has seizures, we are still trying to get his medicine regulated. But, they put him under for the MRI and they were very careful, but it was still very nerve racking. They put them to sleep according to the dx that the doctor gives them. And, they probably will let you walk him back and stay unto the.
the put him under if they use gas, then they will put the I v in once you leave, to keep him sedated while the process is going on.

Theresa - posted on 09/17/2012

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Thank you Toni McBride you said what i was gonna ask about my son who will be going for a MRI in a couple of weeks in search for Autism and i wanted to know how that would work for a 3 yr old. He is not going to lay there for even 1 min so they will have to give him something thats for sure. I just found out today he is boarderline and it is a little hard to swallow but i knew in my heart a year ago there was something wrong with him. But i love him so much and im in for the long hall and will do what i have to.

Kirste - posted on 05/21/2012

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Did anyone's baby have a general anaesthetic for the MRI? How hard was it to get your child to fast before having the anaesthetic?

Mindy - posted on 11/04/2009

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My Daughter Sidney has had quite a few MRI's As she had a severe Brain bleed after she was born. There a a couple of different types there is the one where they put here under to make she she doesn't move probably took about an hour and then then are fast head MRI's which only take about 15-20 mins. The fast head scan I have gone in with her and are quite fast put very loud they get you to wear ear plugs and she just goes into a machine and it take a couple of pictures we were lucky she was actually sleeping and was very still for these.

Anna - posted on 10/20/2009

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My daughter has had two thus far and has a third scheduled for April. Her first one she was about 48 hrs old and she was on Phenobarbital already to stop the seizure so she was already "sedated" so she didn't move. We went with her to the MRI and the NICU nurse stayed in the room with her. We were taken to the waiting room adjacent to the testing area. She woke up later that evening after the initial dose of meds wore off and acted like a typical sleepy newborn. Her next one was at 3 months. We had to do an out patient stay at the local Children's hospital. They sedated her with and IV, used another med to dry her mouth and then we were able to go with her to the MRI room again. With her was a ICU children's ER doctor and a nurse from the minute they put her to sleep until she woke and took her fist bottle. We had to wait in the waiting room for about an hour while they did the MRI. They came and got us as soon as they were taking her off of the MRI table. So we were with her almost the entire time. My best suggestion is ask the coordinator the process in which she will be going through, so that you are able to ask questions to your satisfaction. I have been really lucky on having wonderful support staff along with the techs. Best of luck to you and you baby girl. Thoughts and prayers to you both.

Alexis - posted on 10/20/2009

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hi my 4yo had a MRI done about a year of so ago... it was painless and the doctors were really good... they put him to sleep and it took about an hour to do.. everything came back normal... when he woke we cuddled for ages and we had a really easy day....

hope all goes well with your little one....

Charlotte - posted on 10/14/2009

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Thank you very much for your kind words and helpful advice. My daughter seems to be doing ok on the Carbamazepine at the moment and we are in the process of weaning her off Phenobarbitone as well. Good luck to you and your daughter as well.

Kelly - posted on 10/14/2009

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My daughter had an MRI at 2months old, she stayed still enough so ddnt need to be sedated. They got into a tunnel machine with all theses loud sounds etc, we went in the room too with ear muffs on so were with her the whole time. Honors was only half an hour long & showed aysymetry but goin for another one in a few months to see if anythings changed as no meds are working for our wee girl & no development. Hope this helps. Best of luck with your wee girl!

Heidi - posted on 10/14/2009

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They will put her to sleep and do the scan. When they are done they will put you in a recovery area to let her wake up on her own. My daughter was not much older than she is now when she had her first MRI. The length is probably about a hour. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

Sandra - posted on 10/14/2009

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Quoting charlotte:

What Happens When A Baby Has An MRI Scan?

My 3 month old daughter has epilepsy and is undergoing an MRI scan at the end of the month to check for brain damage, what happens and how long does it take?



my son just had a mri it took one hour and a half long. his turn out normal.

Sandra - posted on 10/14/2009

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my son just went through a mri his was one an a half hour long.his come back normal.

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