Quality and Outcomes Reports - Herma Heart Center
Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Procedures - Volume
Why we measure it - Our experienced cardiologists and technologists perform over 300 magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exams every year. MRI's are safe, non-invasive, do not use radiation and produce detailed images of the beating heart. They can also replace the need for more invasive diagnostic procedures.
About the data - This graph shows the number cardiac MRI procedures performed in 2009 through 2012.
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What we're doing to provide the best care:
- If your child needs an MRI, a nurse or technologist will take them to the scanning room and help them get comfortable on a special table used for the scan. Patients need to be completely still and will not feel any pain during the scan. Scans typically take about 30 to 90 minutes.
- Our Child Life Specialists help to calm and relax your child before, during and after they receive a scan. They provide many distraction and relaxation techniques and offer entertainment options, including music, movies, games and toys.
- If you or your child have any concerns about a scheduled test, team members are available to speak with you to answer questions.
- To help keep your child relaxed and comfortable, the use of a sedative, medicine used to relax a patient, may be needed. Sedating children is a very delicate process and requires the expertise of pediatric doctors and nurses with advanced training in pediatric anesthesiology and sedation techniques.
- Our nursing staff offers numbing medicine to minimize discomfort before the sedative is administered.
- If your child needs sedation, one of our 35 board-certified pediatric anesthesiologists will perform and monitor the sedation at our Milwaukee hospital location.
- Parents are allowed to stay with their child during a scan as long as safety guidelines are followed.
- Our physicians will discuss test results with patients and families within three days of the scan.
- Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee is accredited by the American College of Radiology for MRI equipment.
Patients and families:
- If you need to schedule or reschedule an MRI appointment, please call (414) 266-3180.
- Please arrive for your cardiac MRI scan one hour prior to your appointment, so that we can gather needed information from you and prepare your child for their MRI.
- Bring the name, address, phone and fax numbers of your primary care and/or referring doctor so we can update them appropriately on your care.
- Bring a full list of the medications your child is taking including over-the-counter medicines such as vitamins and supplements.
- Referring physicians can access our specialists for consultation or transport 24 hours a day. Call our physician referral line at (800) 266-0366.
- Health care providers from outside of our southeastern Wisconsin service area are encouraged to use our web-based
e-Consult service. This service is available for non-urgent patient cases only and gives providers access to our specialists to review patient cases, obtain medical advice or second opinions, and receive care recommendations for rare symptoms and illnesses.
e-Consult is not to be used by the general public, parents/guardians or families.
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If you have questions about this information, email us or call (414) 266-6556.