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An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) uses a special scanning machine to take pictures of the inside of the body. The patient will lie still on the table inside the MRI machine while it takes pictures. There will be a rhythmic knocking sound during the scan, like a drumbeat. Some children are frightened by the sound. Parents are unable to stay in the same room during the test, however, a microphone and a mirror allow the parents and staff to always hear, see and talk to the patient.
Your child will need to lie still during this test and it may take from 30 minutes to 2 hours to take the pictures. Prior to the test, you child will need to remove any metal jewelry, belt, etc.) because the machine contains a very strong magnet that attracts metal.
The following video demonstrates a patient undergoing Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) as a part of cancer treatment. This video was designed to educate parents and caregivers by showing an actual MRI. Our intent with this video it to help you, and your child if you chose to show it to them, understand what will happen when your child has this procedure.