Medical Imaging Investigations in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, without the Use of Sedation


  • Cristina Ștefănescu Danubius University of Galați


children; autism spectrum disorder; imaging; hospital


There have been several cases of children with autism spectrum disorder investigated at the
department of Radiology, at St. John Hospital for Children, for four type of imaging methods:
radiography, ecography, CT and MRI. I conducted a study of 45 children, who came during a year for
these four types of imagining investigations. The duration of the investigation determined their reaction,
half of them cooperated well with the doctors when radiographies, CTs and ecographies needed to be
carried out, where the investigation didn`t take more than ten minutes. Concerning the MRI
investigation, that take up to one hour, half of the children, 50% needed to be sedated with melatonin,
while 30% required general anaesthesia, 20% managed to comply while the parents sang to them, or
they stood awake a night before the investigation and they were tired.

Author Biography

Cristina Ștefănescu, Danubius University of Galați

Student, 2nd year, Faculty of Communication and International Relations, Specialization Psychology


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