Pediatric patients are often sedated for MRI scans to ensure images are of diagnostic quality. However, access time for MRIs requiring sedation in is often long due to high patient volumes. In 2014, an MRI Try Without (MTW) program was established at our institution to facilitate eligible patients to ‘try’ their MRI without sedation with the help of a dedicated team comprised of child life specialists (CLS), radiology nurses and scheduling as well as MRI technologists. During their MTW appointment, patients and families met with a CLS who used various preparation tools and methods, such as showing videos and pictures, utilizing a mock MRI, listening to sample noises, rehearsing laying still, and choosing a movie to watch during the MRI. The goal of this program was to decrease the wait time for obtaining an MRI, while ensuring diagnostic-quality images for the interpreting radiologist.
SPR 2017 Annual Meeting & Categorical Course
MRI Try Without Sedation,