Preparing for Sedation

MRIs, CT Scans and BAER (Audiology Testing)

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

Nuclear Bone Scans

You will be given specific instructions by the Tests and Treatments nurse. If your child requires oral contrast for CT imaging, you need to arrive three hours prior to scan time.

A registered nurse from the Tests and Treatments Unit will be calling you several days before the procedure. This nurse will review your child’s medical history and give you specific instructions on arrival time, diet and testing to be done. She will also discuss what medicines your child should take that morning.

Scans/procedures are scheduled in the Radiology Department. 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 procedure.

A parent/legal guardian must accompany your child. You may have another adult accompany you to help you with your child. We do request, however, that only two adults accompany your child. Please do not bring additional adults or children.

You will need to bring a list of any medications (with doses) that your child is currently taking. You may also bring an empty bottle or cup for your child to use after the procedure, and any 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. If it is after hours, leave a message and we will return your call the next business day.

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 (i.e. medications in foods, late afternoon procedure time) will be discussed individually

What Are Clear Liquids?

  • Water
  • Apple juice
  • Pedialyte
  • Jell-O (no fruit or whip 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.


If you have any questions about your child’s health care, please feel free to ask your child’s nurse or doctor. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s stay you can contact the nurse manager or refer to phone numbers listed on the communication board in each patient room.