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MRI Is Extending Hours and Services

Post Date: January 2, 2024
MRI Is Extending Hours and Services

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.

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About the author: Erin McNamara

Erin McNamara is an MRI Technologist at Cincinnati Children's Burnet Campus. She’s also certified in nuclear medicine! Erin loves the pace of radiology here at Cincinnati Children’s, and how their job is always advancing and changing! 2023 she’s coming up on her two years at the hospital. It has been her dream job since middle school to work here, and it has not disappointed her. She likes adventuring around the tri-state area in her free time, watching sports, skiing, and hanging out with her cats and boyfriend.

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About the editor: Glenn Miñano

Glenn Miñano is a media specialist in the Department of Radiology, providing graphic design, photography, printing, video services, and administration of the department’s online properties. His works have been published in several medical articles, such as the American Journal of Radiology and the American Institute of Ultrasound. He has been providing these services to the Radiology Department since 1996.

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Meredith Towbin is a freelance copy editor and writer. She has copyedited the Department of Radiology’s blog since it launched. She also works as a copy editor for the home improvement website BobVila.com. Her writing has been featured on HuffPost as well as other writing sites.

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