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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

We want to take a picture of your brain. We do this using a machine called an MRI. MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Magnetic means that a magnet is used to take a picture, resonance means that a machine is vibrating when it takes the pictures, and imaging means that the machine can take pictures. Having an MRI doesn't hurt and takes about an hour. After we are done we get a picture of your brain. Researchers will use this picture to see how the parts of the brain are functioning. 

Kids Guide to MRI

The MRI is a small tube. You will fit inside the tube and will be safe when you are in the tube. Before you get the MRI, we will show you the machine and let you meet the people who work there. You can ask any questions you have.

When we start the MRI, you will have to lay inside the big machine and hold still for about an hour. The machine makes loud noises that might bother you, but you will wear earplugs to protect your ears and you will be able to listen to music in earphines when you get in the MRI.

If you want you can get ready for your visit by practicing at home a little bit. We want you to know what kinds of noises the MRI machine makes. We will give you a CD that has some sounds from an MRI machine on it. You can listen to the CD so you will know what the MRI will sound like. If you want, you can also practice laying in a tube. We will let you take home a 'play tunnel' that is about the same size as the tube in the MRI machine.

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