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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

A kid-friendly, state-of-the-art magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine is housed at Sharp and Children’s MRI Center inside our Acute Care Pavilion.

The GE Discovery MR450, featuring the CinemaVision system, enables kids to watch a movie or listen to music during an MRI exam. Children who are able to hold still during the scan will be offered video goggles and headphones.

Getting an MRI can be a stressful experience that often requires young patients to be sedated. Studies have shown that entertainment during an MRI exam can soothe anxiety and minimize claustrophobia, leading to faster and better exams. (The non-sedation option is generally for patients 5 years of age and older who fit the screening criteria.)

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego is the only hospital in San Diego with this innovative technology. To make the process even more kid-friendly, the entire MRI suite – including the MRI itself – is decorated in a cartoon sea creature theme.

The center’s hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. It is closed on major holidays.

For more information about the MRI scanner, visit the Sharp and Children’s MRI Center website.

Video: MRI and a movie: Our kid-friendly imaging system