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If you are unable to keep this appointment, please inform the department as soon as possible beforehand.

Your appointment letter will state whether your child is having sedation so you can follow the instructions below to prepare them.

Your child may need this scan so that their doctors can get detailed pictures of the size and shape of part of your child’s body.

The evening before the scan, reduce the amount of sleep your child has by allowing them to go to bed an hour later than usual.

On the day of the scan, wake your child at least one hour earlier than usual and try to keep them awake on the way to GOSH.

Various types of scan such as CT, ultrasound and x-rays can show the size and shape of parts of your child’s body but not in as much detail as an MRI scan.

The information from the scan is then used to help with diagnosis and plan their treatment.

If you would like further advice about preparing your child for the scan, please ring the department’s play specialist on the numbers below.

We assess all children to see if they might benefit from sedation.

Some children find it difficult to lie still for the scan – either because of their age or their medical condition – so we might suggest they are under sedation for the MRI scan.

Watch our short video about having an MRI scan or listen to our audio podcast.

The scanner does not touch your child during the scan.