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Pediatric MRI Exam

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Common MRI  procedures include:

  • Brain
  • Perfusion/diffusion/spectroscopy
  • Functional MRI (fMRI)
  • Spine and soft tissue neck
  • Abdomen and pelvis
  • MR enterography  
  • MR angiography (MRA)
  • Cardiac
  • Upper and lower extremities

How MRI Works A noninvasive test, magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, utilizes a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and a computer to create detailed images of the body’s structures, including the organs, bones and soft tissues. These images are captured digitally and can be enhanced and manipulated by the radiologist to assess conditions that may not be easily detectable using X-rays, ultrasound or CT imaging technologies.

Because MRI uses magnetic fields, your child isn’t allowed to wear any metallic objects during imaging; however, thanks to the new Cinema vision goggles, they can enjoy video and audio entertainment during the examination. This greatly improves the imaging experience, reduces stress and virtually eliminates claustrophobia.


The 3T MRI uses an ultra-high strength magnet and is roughly twice as powerful as a traditional MRI. The additional power creates extremely clear, high resolution images of the internal human anatomy. In many cases, a 3T MRI can detect health problems that other imaging exams cannot. Before 3T MRI became popular, the only way to diagnose some conditions was through invasive testing, such as biopsies. In addition to these benefits, the 3T MRI's additional power makes imaging faster.

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