However, pediatric sedation is associated with a higher risk of respiratory depression resulting from oversedation, potentially causing a loss of protective reflexes and airway maintenance.
As a result, alternative methods of preparing infants and children for MR examinations should be explored to reduce patient risk, as well as time and cost to facilities.
October 26, 2016 — Hospitals should consider mock magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) sessions, MR-compatible audiovisual systems and feed-sleep manipulation strategies before sedating pediatric patients preparing for MR procedures, according to a new study. T.(R)(MR), a radiologic technologist from the University of North Carolina Biomedical Research Imaging Center, used online databases to review dozens of studies published within the past 10 years to identify the most effective alternatives to sedation or general anesthesia for pediatric patients undergoing an MRI examination.
The importance of assessing alternatives to sedation and general anesthesia before MR procedures, the effectiveness of sedation alternatives and an analysis of their cost savings are among the topics covered in a literature review published in the American Society of Radiologic Technologists’ scientific journal, . MR procedures require patients to remain still in a confined space for long periods.
Sedation needs to be requested by your child's doctor or primary care provider based on the type of test or procedure to be performed.