Practice MRI: Reducing the need for sedation and general anaesthesia in children undergoing MRI

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Amorim e Silva, Cicero de, Mackenzie, Angela, Hallowell, Leanne, Stewart, Shari and Ditchfield, Michael. (2006) Practice MRI: Reducing the need for sedation and general anaesthesia in children undergoing MRI. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology. 50(4), pp. 319 - 323. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-1673.2006.01590.x
AuthorsAmorim e Silva, Cicero de, Mackenzie, Angela, Hallowell, Leanne, Stewart, Shari and Ditchfield, Michael
Abstract

The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a practice magnetic resonance unit, in preparing children to undergo magnetic resonance procedures without general anaesthesia (GA) or sedation. The records of children who attended the practice MRI between February 2002 and April 2004 were retrospectively reviewed. Each record was assessed as to whether the child had passed or failed the practice MRI intervention. Those children who were considered to have passed and were proceeded to a clinical non‐GA MRI had the report of the clinical scan reviewed. If the scan had been reported as non‐diagnostic because of movement artefact it was classified as a failed scan, otherwise it was considered a pass. One hundred and thirty‐four children undertook a practice MRI (age range 4.1–16.1 years, median age 7.7 years, 47% boys) and 120/134 (90%) passed the practice session. In all, 117/120 (98%) subsequently had a clinical non‐GA MRI and 110/117 (94%) passed (median age 7.8 years, 47% boys). Preparation is a safe and effective method to reduce the need for sedation and GA in children undergoing a clinical MRI scan. It provides a positive medical experience for children, parents and staff, and results in cost savings for the hospital.

Keywordsgeneral anaesthesia; magnetic resonance imaging; play therapy; practice magnetic resonance imaging; sedation
Year2006
JournalJournal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology
Journal citation50 (4), pp. 319 - 323
PublisherBlackwell Publishers Inc
ISSN0004-8461
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-1673.2006.01590.x
Page range319 - 323
Research GroupSchool of Education
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Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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