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Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, uses specially configured magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines to help diagnose your child’s heart condition.
An MRI does not use radiation. It relies on a powerful magnet, radio waves and a computer to create pictures of the heart or other parts of the body.
The MRI uses a large magnet that is always on. No metal objects can be near it.
Dress your child in comfortable clothes that have no metal snaps or zippers. Remove metal hair barrettes, earrings are anything else your child is wearing that has metal in it. It’s OK to bring toys or stuffed animals into the MRI area, but make sure they have no metal parts.
Talk to your child about what to expect during the MRI scan. Your child may have to receive special medicine through an intravenous (IV) line.
Norton Children’s Heart Institute’s experienced technologists are specially trained to perform this test for children. They also will explain the scan to your child and answer any questions.
A day or two before your child’s MRI, you will receive specific instructions for what and when your child can eat or drink before the test.