Have posted about this before but my LO is having MRI soon and letter says with sedation. I can't give her food or drink after certain times (great). Does this mean GA? Or simply a injection to 'knock her out' for a short while? Anyone know.
Hello,MY DD had an MRI (head) recently.She could not have anything to drink except clear fluids from 6am on the morning of the scan.The sedation was 2 drugs (liquids) administered orally by a syringe.It took a good hour or so for the sedation to work because she was fighting it!When she was sedated they wheeled her across to the scanner room.I was allowed in with her.They put some ear protectors on her,like headphones!! (the scanner is noisy) and wedged a blanket round her.She was in the scanner about 45 mins.I held her little hand throughout.The worst bit for me was her coming round,she was very woozy and out of it and cried a lot.(She had no understanding though,cos of her developmental probs)It might be easier to explain to an older child They kept her for observation until she had weed,and had managed a drink and some toast.We went hope and she went to sleep straight away and slept until the next morning when she was right as rain. hth.
DS1 had a neuro MRI when he was 8, he wasn't sedated and therefore didn't need to do the nil by mouth thing. DH went in with him and held his hand, DH said it was very noisy but DS1 is a stoic little chap and was fine. We got our results on the same day - initial result from the radiographer -that there was no brain tumour and then more detailed explanation from the paediatric neurologist that there was in actual fact a problem with swelling in the brain - subsequently treated.
Good luck. I know how you are feeling DS! has to go into hospital tomorrow for an operation under GA - I'm dreading that.
Hi, DD (2) has had 4 brain MRIs under sedation (nasty tasting medicine administered by syringe) and we were taken in afterwards for a chat with the lovely professor who pointed out straightaway each time that there was nothing she was immediately concerned about. The full report took quite a lot longer. It really depends if the person who is going to look at the MRI is present or if it has to be sent to them--ask on the day because you can be told all sorts of different info otherwise. DD took absolutely ages to wake up after the sedation and they would not let us leave until she had had something to drink. She also needed a little bit of oxygen as she was sleeping so deeply. This is completely normal and nothing to worry about, but they might not warn you in advance. Good luck.
Did they ring you wb? I don't have an appt booked but have consultants mobile number so calling him just to remind him to chase the results up. The radiographer told me that all the scans are checked over at the end of the day by the radiologist anyway and everything is done by computer so should be ready quite quickly hopefully.