Medical scans are vital to ensure that a child is healthy and safe. Scans are often done to screen for health problems, or to detect diseases or abnormalities at an early stage. In general, scanning is usually authorized during routine medical check-ups and the scan is scheduled for a later date.
In the past, doctors would only perform MRI scans on adults in cases of emergency or when a patient has an existing condition like cancer. However, there are now times when a child will need to be scanned for precautionary reasons.
These are generally due to a new diagnosis where the doctor needs to see inside the body. An MRI scan can help detect health issues early on before they become serious injuries or illnesses for our kids.
How to prepare your child for an MRI Scan?
Your child can have a lot of questions about what is going to happen and how they will feel during the MRI scan. Let them know that the staff will be in charge of their safety, comfort, and wellbeing.
To get the best possible MRI scan, it is necessary to take a few days to prepare your child for the experience.
Step 1: Prepare your child for an MRI scan. Discuss with them how an MRI works and why they need it. Explain to them what will happen during the procedure as well as the short-term after-effects. Explain that they will be lying still on a bed in the scanner, so they won’t have anything inside their body moving around while images are being taken. You can find out more details about the procedure by visiting the local hospital website or talking to your family doctor or nurse.
Step 2: Stop worrying! Let your child know that it’s normal to feel uncomfortable during the exam but that they will be out of there quickly. If you’re worried about their safety, contact the hospital ahead of time and ask if they have any recommendations on safer ways to help your children relax before the experience.
Step 3: It is recommended to ensure that your child’s chest area does not come into contact with the scanning surface at any point so that they don’t get unnecessary radiation exposure.
Ultrasound is a type of imaging that uses high-frequency sound waves to create an image of internal body structures. It is used in many different areas and can be done in a variety of ways.
Pediatric ultrasound is a standard diagnostic procedure for babies and children. It uses high-frequency sound waves to create an image of internal body structures. This can be done in many ways including transvaginal, transabdominal, or transrectal methods depending on the size of the child’s anatomy.
The benefits of a pediatric ultrasound are great. It can be used as an accurate diagnostic tool for children, it is non-invasive and radiation-free. It helps identify conditions or anomalies that are not typically seen on x-rays or standard CT scans such as appendicitis, undescended testes, or kidney and urinary abnormalities, to name a few.