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Could my child need anesthesia or sedation for an MRI?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a special type of imaging study that uses a strong magnetic field to take detailed pictures of the body. For children, an MRI study means holding very still, often for 30-60 minutes, so anesthesia or sedation may be needed to complete the study.

Your child’s anesthesiologist or other health care provider will examine your child before the MRI and discuss best options based on your child’s specific anesthesia needs and the type of study being performed.

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