Brain images for Kids — MRI

Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging
(fMRI) Studies for Children

The hardest part of of brain imaging, MRI, for kids is to stay still (as still as a statue!) during the scanning.

Taking MRI images is like taking a picture with a long exposure. Just like pictures, if kids move during scanning, the brain pictures becomes blurry.

The MRI scanner can also be noisy, but you get to wear earplugs to muffle the sound.

To get used to the MRI, we have a pretend scanner to practice with. You can practice holding really still like a statue!

Both the real and pretend scanners are decorated for kids with a castle scene!
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