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For pediatric patients at Mass General, our team of experts provides special attention, every step of the way.
Caring staff members make MRI “a breeze” for our youngest patients
An MRI can be intimidating for anyone, let alone a child. The professionals at Mass General Imaging and MassGeneral Hospital for Children work as a team to provide full-service imaging and family-centered care. Our experts specialize in easing pediatric patients' anxieties to make the process as safe and comfortable as possible, every step of the way.
"Prepare your child for what to expect during his/her visit with us," says Katie Weagle, MS, CCLS, a full-time child life specialist in our Pediatric Imaging group. "Providing a simple explanation is most helpful to a child. Also, let us know in advance if there’s anything we can do to accommodate your child's specific needs."
A child’s drawing of an MRI machine, courtesy of MassGeneral Hospital for Children.
Brian Fernandes and Josephine Rotolo
Talk to a child about what to expect.
Bring comfort items such as stuffed animals.
Be honest about why a child needs imaging.
For more information on pediatric imaging, download our brochure.
Tests and Procedures for Pediatric Patients explains what to expect for a variety of pediatric imaging exams.
According to one father, who brought his son to Mass General West Imaging in Waltham recently for an MRI, these staff members are providing extraordinary service:
My son had an MRI at your Waltham MGH-West location and I can personally tell you that the services provided by your entire staff were exemplary. My son had never had an MRI, although he has had other tests. With the MRI being much different, there was some hesitancy on his part.
Learn more about our Pediatric Imaging program.
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