Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) before epilepsy surgery

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Discover how an MRI helps identify the parts of the brain where epilepsy starts.

Key points

  • An MRI scan uses a strong magnet to take pictures of your child's brain.
  • Before the scan, tell the team about any metal implants or piercings in your child to reduce any harm from the magnet in the MRI scanner.
  • During the scan, your child will need to lie still in the MRI machine for about an hour. Some children may need a sedative to help them with this.
  • You may discuss the results of the MRI scan with your child's doctor about four to six weeks after the test.
Last updated: October 10th 2017