Safety challenges related to the use of sedation and general anesthesia in pediatric patients undergoing magnetic resonance imaging examinations

Maddy Artunduaga, C. Amber Liu, Cara E. Morin, Suraj D. Serai, Unni Udayasankar, Mary Louise C. Greer, Michael S. Gee

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Abstract

The use of sedation and general anesthesia has facilitated the significant growth of MRI use among children over the last years. While sedation and general anesthesia are considered to be relatively safe, their use poses potential risks in the short term and in the long term. This manuscript reviews the reasons why MRI examinations require sedation and general anesthesia more commonly in the pediatric population, summarizes the safety profile of sedation and general anesthesia, and discusses an amalgam of strategies that can be implemented and can ultimately lead to the optimization of sedation and general anesthesia care within pediatric radiology departments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)724-735
Number of pages12
JournalPediatric radiology
Volume51
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2021

Keywords

  • Child life
  • Children
  • Dog therapy
  • General anesthesia
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Safety
  • Sedation
  • Technique

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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