When your child undergoes sedation for an MRI or other painful procedure, the Pediatric Sedation Clinic at the UNM Children's Hospital in Albuquerque is here to help ease the discomfort.
Our highly skilled staff is dedicated, family-focused and strives to deliver the highest caliber of care to every patient coming through our doors.
What to expect at the appointment
Your child's sedation medicine will be administered through an IV or a nasal spray. If you are comfortable, we may ask you to hold your child if we insert an IV.
After your child is sleepy, we'll take your child to the scanning area, where we'll monitor your child's heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen levels.
You can go with your child to the scanning area, and wait in the lobby until your child's scan is complete. Our staff will stay with your child for the whole scan.
After the Scan
Depending on the type of scan, it will take some time for your child to wake up. A nurse will watch your child until fully awake.
- After magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), it may take 30 to 90 minutes for your child to wake up.
- After a computed tomography (CT) scan, it may take 15-30 minutes for your child to wake up.
- After a renogram, it may take 45 minutes to an hour for your child to wake up.
We will watch your child after waking for an additional one to three hours.