Cold and Flu Season Can Be a Monster

Flu & Cold Season Can Be A Monster

Flu is prevalent in our community right now. Visit our Flu Resource Center to learn about flu prevention, signs and symptoms, and help us protect our patients, families and staff from RSV and the flu by following these visitation restrictions.

  • No visitors under the age of 12 are allowed in patient care areas.
  • Please do not visit patients if you are experiencing fever, vomiting, diarrhea or cold or flu-like symptoms.

Preparing Your Child for a MRI

On this page, you will find information to share with your child about getting a MRI, written in terms Child Life Specialists believe children can easily understand.

What is an MRI?

  • MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. These scans take pictures of different parts of the body.

Why it's important to have an MRI:

  • "The doctors want to take some pictures of (specific body part) to help see what might be making you feel bad, hurt, etc."

Your job during the MRI:

  • It is very important to hold still so that the pictures come out clear.

What happens when having an MRI?  Information to share with your child...

  • If you are coming from home for your MRI you will wait in the waiting room and then walk or ride in a wheelchair to the MRI camera. 
  • If you are already staying at the hospital, you will go to the MRI in a wheelchair or on a bed with wheels.
  • When you get to the room where your pictures will be taken, the nurse will help move you to the bed that slides in and out of the MRI camera.
  • The camera looks like a big doughnut with a hole or open space in the middle.  Some kids say the camera looks like a spaceship. 
  • The bed will slide into the hole or open space, when it is time for your pictures.
  • The bed sometimes has a cloth seatbelt, just like in a car, to keep you safe.
  • Having your pictures taken will not hurt and nothing will touch you.
  • An MRI will usually take about 30-45 minutes.  The MRI camera makes a loud noise when it takes pictures.  Some kids say it sounds like a jackhammer or really loud buzzing.  There are headphones that you can listen to music with, to help with the noise.
  • You may need to drink some special medicine called contrast.  This medicine helps your doctor see the pictures of your body better that the camera took.  
  • The special medicine or contrast may also be given through an IV.
  • Since an MRI camera uses magnets, you will need to remove all metal from your body (jewelry, hairclips, etc.) before you go into the MRI room.
  • Sometimes a parent can stay with you during the MRI.
  • The radiology technologist taking the pictures will be able to see you and talk to you during the procedure.

Things that can help when having an MRI:

  • Listening to music
  • Using your imagination:  think about being in a castle, in outer space, or at the beach
  • Discussing what will be helpful to you and your child