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Posted by Teri on October 05, 2000 at 14:10:08:

In Reply to: MRI Brain Scan: Did anyone find this useful? posted by Dan on October 05, 2000 at 13:22:00:

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: My son is scheduled to have an MRI. He will be sedated and scanned.

: Does anyone have experience with this.
: What might I expect from the results?
: How is it helpful?

: Thanks,
: Dan

My daughter had a MRI after her first tonic/clonic seizure. An EEG showed a focal abnormality on the left side of her brain. The MRI was used to look at her brain to see if there was anything organically wrong. There wasn't. Our whole family found the pictures very interesting and rather beautiful. It isn't everyday one gets to look at their child's brain safely. We're private pay (no medical insurance) so I shopped the labs that offered MRI's. The hospital charged 2800.00 dollars, without a reading, and no contrast (we didn't need the contrast anyway). We ended up having two labs bidding on this procedure and had it done for 650.00 with a reading. I understand there are even more sophisticated test now. We also had some of the most up-to-date genetic testing and chromesome analysis done. These were beneficial as they ruled out a lot of disorders and abnormalities. The cost are coming down too. Lastly, maybe because my child was older (eight), she wasn't sedated, though I did end up having to climb into this machine with her to keep her still. It wasn't so bad. It took about 45 minutes. Good luck and don't worry too much.

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