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Cancer Genetics

MRIs on Babies

09/30/2010

Question:

I have a 7 1/2 month old baby. Would it be ok for her to have an MRI done? Would it hurt her in any way? And would there be a risk of her having a higher risk of getting cancer from having an MIR?

Answer:

There are probably minimal risks for the MRI; the concern is that the child will probably have to be sedated; the risks should be discussed with the physician recommending this screening. MRI does not involve radiation (magnetic resonance imaging) and would not be expected affect cancer risk.

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Response by:

Duane D Culler, PhD, MS Duane D Culler, PhD, MS
Clinical Instructor of Genetics
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University