MRI feed and sleep scan [patient information leaflet]
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MRI feed and sleep scan [patient information leaflet]

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Your Consultant has referred your child for an MRI Feed and Sleep scan. This will take place in the imaging department (also known as Radiology or X-Ray department) at the Royal Hospital for Children. Please refer to your appointment letter for guidance on which scanner to attend.

What is an MRI scan? 

An MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan uses giant magnets inside a special machine to take pictures of the inside of the body. Your child will lie on a bed which slides into the middle of the machine to take the pictures. MRI does not use any X-Rays to take the pictures and does not have any side effects.

What is an MRI Feed and Sleep Scan?

An MRI Feed and Sleep is a technique used on babies and young children to take images without the need for a General Anaesthetic or sedation. If a child is hungry and very tired, they are likely to settle after a feed and can sleep through the noise of the MRI scanner. 

What do I need to think about before coming for the scan?

Please refer to the leaflet for information about preparing for the scan, special instructions for eating and drinking and what to wear, and what will happen at your appointment.

Editorial Information

Last reviewed: 01 May 2021

Next review: 31 May 2023

Author(s): Radiology Department, RHCG

Version: 1