There are some changes coming to Cincinnati Children’s Main Campus MRI scheduling and hours! Just recently, the scheduling template opened up Saturday general anesthesia time to patients who fit a certain criteria under the age of 8. This is an effort to improve our access in the department, decreasing wait times for patients needing general anesthesia for their MRI. Prior to this, the patients were all under the age of 2 and were lightly sedated for their MRI exam. This allows us to get more of a variety of patients in for their exams.
Another change to Saturdays is we will be opening up to scheduling ER patients from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. In the past, two technologists worked in the main B1 MRI area completing exams on scheduled patients. In the future, one technologist will be doing the scheduled anesthesia cases. The other technologist will be completing inpatient and emergency department cases that may get added on.
Another big change coming in January 2024… Sundays! Two technologists from Burnet MRI will be available on-site from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for inpatient MRI exams as well as exams ordered from the emergency department. In the past, one MRI technologist was on call on Sunday, often coming in for emergent exams throughout the day. Once again, this is going to greatly improve our access. All exams will be approved by the radiologist to add on. There will be no scheduled outpatients on Sundays. The inpatient exams patients can complete without general anesthesia will be completed in the G building, also known as the Critical Care Tower. If a patient needs general anesthesia on a Sunday, there will be a technologist available 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to communicate with the OR and get the patient on the OR add-on list for that day. These general anesthesia patients will be scanned in the iMR scanner on B3. There will still be a technologist on call from 4:30 p.m. until 6 a.m. the next day for emergent cases that may come up after hours.