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Your child may not need anesthesia for a scan. The care team will recommend anesthesia if your child cannot stay still during a scan.
Staying still is necessary to get a clear image.
Here are some advantages to staying awake during a scan:
Tell your child's doctor or nurse that your child would like to try a scan while awake.
Your medical team will schedule an appointment to decide if your child can stay still long enough for the scan. A child life specialist will help your child prepare.
Before your child can have scans without anesthesia in the future:
Some scans may require sedation because of how it is done or how long it takes.
If your child struggles to stay still during a scan, the care team can:
If your child cannot stay still the first or second time, that's OK. Your child can always try again during a future visit.
Reviewed: February 2022