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Patient Awake While Scanned (PAWS) MRI Program

 

Patient awake during MRI scan program
Child Life Specialist Sarah Beth Gray explains to patient Natalie Ortiz ahead of time what will happen during the girl’s sedation-free MRI exam.

The Patient Awake While Scanned (PAWS) MRI Program empowers children to complete MRI scans without anesthesia. The program has successfully helped children of different ages and medical conditions since it began in 2013. The PAWS MRI Program includes the following services provided by a Certified Child Life Specialist:

  • An assessment phone call with caregiver to discuss scan details and to learn more about your child
  • Advice and tips on how to prepare your child prior to an MRI
  • Customized preparation and support on the day of the MRI, including exploration (visual, tactile, auditory) of medical equipment used to replicate what your child will experience during the MRI
  • Individualized coping plan, which may include watching a movie or listening to music

One caregiver may stay with your child during the MRI.

If you are interested in your child participating in the PAWS program, ask your child’s doctor to request the PAWS Program when scheduling the MRI.

For more information, email a PAWS MRI child life specialist at PAWSMRI@vanderbilt.edu.

Read about the PAWS program in the news.


Last Edited: May 17, 2016
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