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Pediatric Sedation

Pediatric sedation can make your child more comfortable during some radiology procedures. Your child can receive medicines to ease any pain or fear.

Indiana University Health has the only complete pediatric sedation program for radiology in Indiana. We provide increasing degrees of sedation as needed to calm children and keep them still during imaging. We offer a full range of safe sedation methods, including general anesthesia administered by an anesthesiologist, to ensure your child is comfortable during imaging procedures.

You may be uneasy about bringing your child for a radiology procedure. We understand and help you prepare for the exam by supplying you with information about the procedures several days before the exam. This information allows you and your child to feel prepared for their visit.

Our staff works with you to keep your child calm and comfortable while you are here. When possible, you may remain with your child throughout the procedure. We carefully screen and continuously monitor your child before, during and after sedation.

Your child may remain sleepy and unsteady for a few hours after the procedure. At home, you or another responsible adult should remain nearby until your child is back to normal. 

How We Can Help

How We Can Help

Pediatric Sedation Treatment Information

Sedation during a radiology procedure allows us to take the clearest pictures possible for accurate diagnosis. We work with you to ensure your child receives the right diagnosis and effective treatment.

Many children who need sedation range from 4 to 6 years of age. However, we provide sedating medicine as needed for children of all ages. Sedation is common for children having long procedures such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) scans. Sometimes a child having a nuclear medicine scan may also need a sedative. We are prepared to give sedation at various levels whenever it is needed.

A pediatric intensivist (an intensive care physician) and a pediatric nurse work together to give your child the right amount of sedative. Often we do this through an IV (a thin tube inserted into a vein). Our goal is to keep your child comfortable with the least amount of medicine necessary.

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Learning more about pediatric sedation for radiology procedures helps you explain to your child what will happen during the test. It also can make you feel more comfortable about your child’s upcoming exam.