Preparing for Sedation

MRIs, CT Scans and BAER (audiology testing)

Pediatric patients should arrive one hour prior to the examination time.

Nuclear Bone Scans
If your child requires oral contrast for CT imaging, plan to arrive three hours prior to scan time.

A nurse from Tests and Treatments will call you several days before the procedure to review your child’s medical history and give you specific instructions on arrival time, diet and testing to be done. She will discuss what medicines your child should take that morning. If you have questions about your child’s procedure before the nurse calls, please call 314-251-1080.

Scans/procedures are scheduled in Radiology. Our team services all areas of the hospital. In order to provide safe and efficient care for your child, please arrive on time. If you are running late, we may need to reschedule your child's procedure.

A parent/legal guardian must accompany your child. You may bring another adult with you, but we request that only two adults accompany your child. Please, no additional adults or children.

Please bring a list of your child's medications with dosages. Also bring an empty bottle or cup for your child to use after the procedure, and a special toy or comfort items. Cable TV and DVD players are provided in all rooms. Feel free to bring your child’s favorite DVD. Distraction helps!

If your child is ill (wheezing, fever, diarrhea, vomiting, cough with mucus or phlegm) prior to their scheduled procedure, please call the ordering physician and the Tests and Treatments Unit, as your child’s procedure may need to be rescheduled.

Diet Guidelines

  • Stop formula and non-human milk at midnight
  • Stop all solid foods (any table food, baby food, cereal, gum, hard candy) at midnight
  • Stop breast milk three hours prior to arrival time (breast milk cannot be supplemented with formula)
  • Stop clear liquids two hours prior to arrival time
  • Special circumstances, such as medications in foods or late afternoon procedure time, will be discussed individually

What Are Clear Liquids?

  • Water
  • Apple juice
  • Pedialyte
  • Jell-O (no fruit or whipped cream)
  • Popsicles (no pulp)
  • Gatorade
  • Other clear juices (no pulp or citrus)

Note: If you are not able to follow the above dietary restrictions, we may need to delay or cancel your child’s procedure.