Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Norton Children’s Heart Institute 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.

Preparing your child for an MRI

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.

The 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.

Why Norton Children’s Heart Institute?

Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the University of Louisville, is a comprehensive pediatric heart surgery, heart failure and heart transplant program serving Kentucky, Southern Indiana and beyond.

The goal of the full-service Norton Children’s Heart Institute is to provide care for the child and the whole family. Our specialists are prepared to repair even the most complex congenital and acquired heart conditions.

Our heart team includes:

  • Pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons
  • Pediatric transplant surgeons
  • Pediatric cardiologists
    • Fetal cardiologists
    • Adult congenital heart cardiologists
    • Heart failure/heart transplant cardiologists
    • Pediatric electrophysiologists
    • Pediatric cardiac catheterization cardiologists
  • Pediatric cardiovascular anesthesiologists
  • Pediatric intensive care physicians
  • Cardiac critical care nurses
  • Critical care pharmacists
  • Family support team
  • Child life specialists
  • Rehabilitation specialists
  • Social workers
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Contact Us

For more information on services or to schedule an appointment with the Norton Children’s Heart Institute:

(502) 629-2929

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