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#1 liveworkplay

Posted 27 February 2013 - 03:44 PM

My 9 year old needs one. Can anyone tell me what to expect?

#2 Alwayswantingmore

Posted 27 February 2013 - 03:48 PM

What part of the body?

#3 liveworkplay

Posted 27 February 2013 - 04:02 PM

Head. She is having acute unexplained vision problems and headaches.

#4 elmo_mum

Posted 27 February 2013 - 04:07 PM

it takes about 10 min... she will need to lie still THE WHOLE TIME

its noisy as , but they should give her some headphones, and a choice of music

she may also want an eye mask... i do when i have mine, as i hate being in he enclosed space....

#5 JaneDoe2010

Posted 27 February 2013 - 04:20 PM

My 8 year old is having one next Thursday. We were told that it would take 45 minutes! There is a loud banging the whole time but as it's being done at the Royal Children's Hospital they have a DVD and headphones in it. We are hoping she'll cope without anesthetic (she's doing a trial run in a pretend one earlier in the day) as if not, we have to wait longer. Happy to update after next Thursday!

#6 Shellby

Posted 27 February 2013 - 04:30 PM

My son had his first just after 9. The head takes about 45 minutes to 60 minutes. There is a loud banging noise which the give head phones for. Not all machines will have music or videos BTW. The first one he did had nothing, so was hard trying to keep him still for nearly a hour with complete boredom. The second one he had 3 weeks later was at another place, they had music to listen to. His 3rd one a week later (and where we go now - Mater Brisbane, he is up to I think 6 in 18 months) has videos you can watch which is great.

The first 2 times DH had to go in with him and sit next to him and just talk to him and keep him clam. Now he is a expert at them and takes himself off to it and returns to the waiting room a bit over an hour later.

Make sure you let her know it will be loud so it doesn't surprise her and that you can sit with her but it will be down her leg end. Just slowly work her up to it - maybe even show her some youtube videos. The noise was what scared my son the first time even though we warned him it was loud, he just didn't expect it to be so loud and just keep repeating for nearly an hour.

#7 liveworkplay

Posted 27 February 2013 - 04:31 PM

Thanks. She is a pretty sensible, level headed kid, so I think she will cope. Sometimes I have to remind myself she is only 9 laughing2.gif

I am waiting for the Radiography place to ring with an appointment. Initially the DR wrote out a referral for a CT, but the Radiographer has veto'd that. I'm hoping it is only some sort of migraine, which the optometrist said it sounded like as did the doctor but need to rule out anything more nasty obviously.

JaneDoe2010, good luck for next thursday!



#8 lishermide

Posted 27 February 2013 - 04:48 PM

DD#1 has had three in the past few months. It's normal to be apprehensive the first time. I showed Dd pictures of a few machines before she went in as she was quite concerned about that.

It should take about 45 minutes. She'll have to lay very still. Her head will be supported to help. Warn her that the machine is very, very loud, even with the headphones on. It bangs, clanks & whirs . And no metal, so remove earrings Eric if she has them.

She will have a buzzer to allow her to signal if she' has a problem. You should be able to sit in the room with her.

#9 Chocolate Addict

Posted 27 February 2013 - 05:00 PM

I had one a few weeks ago. It took 40 minutes or so. I was sedated as I don't like confined spaces.
The machine has a head rest thing and a mask thing that comes down, they pop ear plugs in and also pads wedged in the side too. I felt ill just when that was done when I tried to do it without sedation.
The first one I had done they had a little mirror that I could see them with and an emergency buzzer. The second one was more modern but still no music or anything.

It is very noisy and really confining. The first machine was metal and I felt like I was in a coffin. Horrible.

I would check if they have music or some other distraction. Even with the sedation I felt it went for ever.

#10 Super Cat

Posted 27 February 2013 - 07:42 PM

I think as long as they know the noise will be loud they won't be frightened of it when it happens. It's a loud constant banging/clicking noise. It can be claustrophobic in the MRI (it's a tunnel) but  its not too bad.

I've had a few. DS had one but it was under sedation. The staff at RCH are amazing.

#11 mez70

Posted 27 February 2013 - 07:50 PM

My DD needed to have Brain and spinal MRI at age 8, they did hers under a GA which meant she was asleep. She was in the machine for a while which could be why they gave her the GA. Where are you having it done?? I would as much as possible try and go somewhere that are used to dealing with Kids. The other thing is to perhaps talk to the Dr before hand about the option of giving her some form of mild sedation to help her keep calm and relaxed....

#12 Paddlepop

Posted 27 February 2013 - 08:00 PM

When I had one done when I was 19yo my head was strapped into place by some sort of strap going across my forehead. I could see out of the machine via a mirror, and had an emergency button to press if I wanted the MRI to stop. It took about 45 mins to do my head and I knew I would get cold in the air con so they put a blanket on me. Warm socks might help if your child tends to get cold feet. They also placed a pillow under my knees so that I could lie more comfortably.

I would describe the noise as a cross between techno/rave music and a mechanic's workshop. Loud, banging and repetitive.

If you child has any sort of claustrophobia then sedation might be needed. It is quite confined in there.

#13 liveworkplay

Posted 27 February 2013 - 08:29 PM

Thanks for all your thoughts. She has never had to do anything like this, so I have no idea how she will react. She had quite a few ultrasounds and xrays as a young baby/toddler as she had hip dysplasia and was always very good for them. I have shown her a few pictures of MRI's tonight and explained how you lay etc. I told her she will have a buzzer or similar to be able to alert the doctors if she is uncomfortable or scared and all she wanted to know was how that would work. I think it would scare her more to be sedated to be honest.

It is at a private radiographers. I will ask a few questions when they ring with the appointment time. Unfortunately we do not have a kids hospital, so even if we had it done at the local public hospital, it would not be with people who specialise in kids.

She was actually treated for the hips at the RCH Melbourne and I agree, they are great in there.



#14 Luxe

Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:26 PM

If it's a warm day, maybe take a cold drink with you for afterwards. I had a MRI at Mercy and it became quite warm inside the tunnel (about 35 degrees) towards the end of my scan. I was sweating at the end. It does make a racket but they give you head phones and a call button if you need to talk to them.

#15 notorico

Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:33 PM

DS1 has had many MRIs of his brain and they take about 45 minutes, but that is because he also requires contrast. He has them at the children's hospital where I can go in with him. A mirror is placed above his head so he can look at me, and I am able to hold his hand. He wears ear plugs to lessen the noise. He has to remain still for periods of a couple of minutes up to about 15 minutes.

DS2 and DD have had MRIs of their brain at a local imaging centre. They did not require contrast and they were only in there for about twenty minutes. I was not able to go in with them. Again they had ear plugs for the noise. I explained what was going to happen, how they would be restrained by a mask, how it would be noisy and that they needed to be still. They had a buzzer for if they became frightened or needed to something. The both around 9 when they had them done and they did cope very well.

DS2 was having headaches and visual issues which they assumed were migraine but given DS1 history wanted to be sure. There was nothing found on MRI, so they pretty much confirmed migraine.

Hope all goes well. x

#16 FuzzyMum

Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:36 PM

I can empathise. My DS has his scheduled for the end of the month. It will be done under GA at the end of the month. He had an eeg done recently and it was such a traumatic experience for him the max dose of the sedation they gave him didn't work as he was so upset. The wait is an awful thing and I just can't wait for it to be over. All the best with your test. I hope it goes smoothly.

#17 Chocolate Addict

Posted 27 February 2013 - 10:05 PM

Bellygood - your explanation is absolutely nothing like I actually went through 3 weeks ago. Tounge1.gif

It sounds like every place is different. I went to two different Melbourne Hospitals and they were both different but only slightly.

#18 liveworkplay

Posted 28 February 2013 - 08:31 PM

Just thought I'd update. They rang this morning and,she had her scan this arvo. She was a but nervous, but luckily coped  fine as I ft they were all very mattered fact and took more time explaining to people they were at the wrong reception desk then they did making my child feel at ease. Anyway, I wasn't able to go.in the room, only stand at the door whilst they were putting her in. I had to ask the technician to tell her she move arm as she had kept it in the exact position the tech had placed her lol. They obviously didn't deal with too many kids. It was all over in 20minutes and she was quite happy afterward. Now just waiting for the results but looking at the cross sections of the brain, and the detail you can see, is amazing.

#19 Soontobegran

Posted 28 February 2013 - 09:09 PM

Glad she coped well OP. Sounds like she is a whole lot braver than me because I hate MRI's, particularly head ones as you are strapped so tightly down. The headphones are a waste of time IMO, you can't hear the music for the noise. wink.gif

I have never had one last less than 30 minutes, usually more like 40 and if I have another I will get sedation, I hate the feeling I am in a coffin.

Some places have new MRI machines with a shorter gantry which means only the part of the body which needs scanning needs to be enclosed....I will be looking for one of these original.gif



#20 Puggle

Posted 28 February 2013 - 09:19 PM

It sounds like your DD did really well, liveworkplay.

My DD2 is having her second MRI in a few months time. She had her first at age two under a GA but this one is interstate (Westmead Childrens Hospital) and I don't yet know if she will have a GA or not. She's only four and I think it would be best if she did have another GA but would rather she didn't have to IYKWIM.

Edited by Puggle, 28 February 2013 - 09:19 PM.


#21 liveworkplay

Posted 28 February 2013 - 09:38 PM

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The headphones are a waste of time IMO, you can't hear the music for the noise. wink.gif


They just gave her ear plugs but she said the noise was like music. That it sounded like a piano with drum beats.

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Some places have new MRI machines with a shorter gantry which means only the part of the body which needs scanning needs to be enclosed...


This must have been a new one as only her head and torso were in the "tunnel". Her legs were poking out. The buzzer was also a bulb you squeezed, not a button.

I was a little annoyed that no one spoke to her whilst she was in there. When we were waiting we heard the technician speaking to the previous patient (things like, breath now, that's great, nearly finished) and she was an adult. We had a different tech though.

I think if she was any younger she wouldn't have coped well. My other DD's would not have done it at all!



#22 JaneDoe2010

Posted 01 March 2013 - 06:45 AM

Thanks for the update. Glad it went ok, hope the results are ok to. xx

Hopefully with my DD going to the Royal Childrens Hospital they'll be used to kids! LOL!

#23 Therese

Posted 01 March 2013 - 08:35 AM

She did really well OP. I hope the results are all clear.

Good luck to your daughter JaneDoe original.gif

#24 JaneDoe2010

Posted 07 March 2013 - 09:31 PM

Well she had it today. We've had a week of extremely high anxiety, but the build up was worse than the event (as I expected). She passed her "test" MRI (nurse showing her stuff, popping her in test one etc) with flying colours and then went off about 1/2 hour later for real one. She was a champion. So still, I couldn't believe it. I was in there with her and DAMN it's noisy, but she was fine - watching her DVD on dinosaurs. wink.gif Super proud of her. Now the wait for results. wink.gif




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