Diagnostic imaging tests, like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), are noninvasive tools that allow doctors to view details of internal organs and tissue to help confirm or rule out a diagnosis. For your convenience, the experienced pediatric neurology team at THINK Neurology for Kids, with offices in The Woodlands, Katy, Sugar Land, and Austin, Texas, offers MRI testing on the Memorial Hermann campus. Call the office nearest you or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment and be seen within a few days, not a few weeks, or a few months, like other practices.


What is an MRI?

MRI or magnetic resonance imaging is an advanced diagnostic imaging tool that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of your child’s internal organs and structures. Unlike X-rays and other types of diagnostic scans, MRIs provide visual information about the soft tissue in the body, which can be useful for confirming or ruling out a diagnosis. 

Why would a child need an MRI?

A pediatric neurologist at THINK Neurology for Kids may request an MRI scan to gather more information about your child to help direct treatment. They may recommend an MRI of the brain to:

  • Look for abnormalities in the brain tissue (tumors, cysts)
  • Determine the cause of developmental delay and seizures
  • Assess for brain damage
  • Examine the cause of persistent headaches, dizziness, or blurry vision
  • Diagnose brain disorders
  • Detect chronic diseases that affect the nervous system (multiple sclerosis)
  • Evaluate spinal bones for abnormalities

MRIs can scan any part of the body, including the heart, abdomen, and extremities. Your child’s pediatric neurologist may request additional scans as needed. 

How do I prepare my child for an MRI?

Their pediatric neurologist at THINK Neurology for Kids provides you with specific instructions on how to prepare your child for an MRI. In most cases, you don’t need to do any special preparation. However, your child cannot have any metal objects on or in their body during the test, including jewelry. 

Some children need sedation, which may require alterations in diet prior to the MRI. THINK Neurology for Kids provides specific guidelines on a case-by-case basis. 

What happens during an MRI?

During the MRI, your child lies on the MRI table and, once settled, is moved into position and the scan begins. The painless test takes anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. The MRI tech monitors your child during the entire course of the test.

In some cases, the pediatric neurologists may request including contrast with the MRI to enhance the images, evaluate blood flow, and locate areas of inflammation.

If your child suffers from claustrophobia, be sure to let the team know so they can adjust the treatment plan to minimize anxiety during the test. 

To schedule an appointment with the pediatric neurology experts to discuss the benefits of an MRI, call THINK Neurology for Kids or click the online booking button today.