Children's Health℠ Imaging Center
Children’s Health Imaging Center offers a full suite of outpatient diagnostic imaging just for infants, children and teens.
The onsite pediatric radiologists, anesthesiologists and imaging technicians have specialized training unequaled in north Texas and surrounding states in performing and interpreting pediatric imaging tests, as well as diagnosing conditions unique to children. Our staff is skilled in working with children to get imaging done quickly and correctly. This reduces the stress for both child and caregiver and decreases the number of repeat exams.
Because children are not little adults, the advanced imaging equipment in our center is designed especially for to be used for children. And whenever possible, we use non-radiation producing imaging.
Preparing For The Exam
Prior to the Day of Your Appointment
- Contact the facility prior to the appointment if your child has a pacemaker, aneurysm clip in the brain, ear implants, neurostimulator, metallic fragments in one or both eyes, and other surgically implanted devices.
- Contact your family doctor regarding whether you should give your child his or her regular medications the night before/day of exam.
- Put a pillow and blanket in the car for your ride home.
Please Bring the Following
- An empty bottle or cup that your child prefers.
- Medications, including prescriptions, over-the-counter or herbal remedies in original container or a detailed list of medications and dosages that your child regularly takes.
- Inhaler or nebulizer, if applicable.
- Contact case/solution, if applicable.
Day of the Scan
Please arrive at the center 30 minutes prior to your child’s appointment for screening procedures and paper work. Expect to be at the center for approximately one hour while having the MRI scan. Your child will be shown to a private dressing room where he/she may be asked to change into a patient gown. At this time, he/she will be asked to remove any metal objects or items that can interfere with the magnetic field (i.e. hair pins, belts, jewelry, credit cards, car keys, cell phones, beepers, watches). Please leave any valuables at home.
MRI Scan — No Preparation Required
- For comfort, wear loose clothing without metal buttons or closures.
- Patients with pacemakers or other surgically implanted devices should consult with the imaging center prior to the scan.
MRI Scan — Abdomen
- Follow directions above.
- Do not eat or drink 6 hours prior to the scan.
MRI Scan — Sedated
- Do not eat food, drink formula, chew gum or eat candy after midnight the night before the scan.
- Your child may have clear liquids (water, Pedialyte, apple juice) up to 2 hours before the procedure.
Ultrasound — Abdomen Sonogram
- Do not drink after midnight the night before the exam.
- For all pelvic ob sonograms, drink at least 4 glasses of water one hour before the exam.
- Do not urinate before the exam because a full bladder is required.
X-Ray — No Preparation Required
- All Blood Urea Nitrogen/Creatine levels performed on-site at Children’s Health Imaging Center.
Can I stay with my child during the test?
If you are not pregnant, you are welcome to stay with your child. You will be given a lead apron to wear. If sedation is used, you may stay until your child is asleep; then you will be asked to wait in the waiting room until the exam is complete.
How long does an MRI take?
An MRI will take from 20 to 90 minutes, depending on the type of study.
How long does an ultrasound take?
An ultrasound can take from 20 to 40 minutes, depending on the age of the child.
How long does an X-ray take?
An X-ray can take from 5 to 15 minutes depending on the number of areas that need to be X-rays and the age of the child.
How long will my child be sedated for an MRI?
Most children who are sedated for an MRI are awake and alert 30 to 45 minutes after the test. Some children may continue to feel drowsy throughout the day, and some children may wake up irritable and crying