Magnetic resonance imaging scan MRI (1438)

Key points below

Your child’s MRI scan is scheduled for (date) ____________ at (time)_________ in the Imaging (Radiology) Department: 

Lower level of the main hospital. Please stop at a Welcome desk for a badge.
New Berlin Clinic.  Please check in at the main desk on the first floor.
Mequon Clinic.  Please check in at the main desk on the first floor.

What is a MRI?

An MRI scanner is a machine that uses a large magnet, radio waves and a computer to take pictures of areas inside of the body. It can look at the brain, heart, spinal cord and more.  It does not use radiation.  There are no known harmful effects from having an MRI.  

Special instructions

What to stop and when to stop

Please note:

How the scan is done

After the scan

If your child was sedated, they will be able to leave the hospital some time after waking up.  They may still feel sleepy or dizzy for a few hours after the scan.  Have your child stay home and rest for the day.  Your child may play quiet games, but should not do activities such as riding a bike or climbing. 


Your doctor will get the results within 24 hours, but it may take up to one week for him or her to review the information. Your doctor will share the results with you.


Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.