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Comforting babies during critical scan

Posted: Updated: 02 May 2012, 12:54 AM EDT
ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) -

If you've ever had an MRI, you know the process can be a little scary. So imagine what it's like for small babies who require an even more invasive procedure. Now, thanks to the Children's Miracle Network, that lifesaving test just got a lot easier.

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at All Children's Hospital is changing the way they do MRIs on babies.

"Prior to this, what we had to do is all these babies that had to undergo MRIs, they had to be severely sedated and many of them ended up with a breathing tube into their lungs during the procedure," explains Dr. Rajan Wadhawan.

But thanks to a new Medvac immobilization bag, they can make sure the baby stays still by using a vacuum.

"And the baby feels like, as if the baby is being cuddled and held during the MRI procedure," Dr. Wadhawan says.

The MRI can take up to 45 minutes, so it's important to time out the procedure properly.

"We feed the babies and they fall asleep, and they lie comfortably in this papoose, and they can lie still for an extended period of time," Dr. Wadhawan says.

Just long enough for the baby to have the test without ever knowing it.

"If the babies could tell you, I'm sure they love it too because they're no IVs involved, there's no breathing tube, no sedation and it's a great move for both the families and the staff," Dr. Wadhawan says.

This machine would not be available to local babies without the generous donations from The Children's Miracle Network, which helps almost two hundred hospitals across the nation.

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