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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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Pediatric Sedation Support Services
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.
A Sampling of Pediatric Sedation Support Services
Society for Pediatric Anesthesia
This website contains information about pediatric sedation for MRI and other procedures.
The Radiological Society of North America and American College of Radiology hosts extensive education about CT for children, including notes about sedation.
RadiologyInfo.org: Nuclear Medicine
The Radiological Society of North America and American College of Radiology includes detailed information about nuclear medicine for children, how it is used and why it may require sedation.