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Day surgery: CT or MRI scan - discharge care

  • For children going home after a CT or MRI scan in RCH Surgery Centre.

    Please also see Kids Health Info factsheet CT Scan

    Eating and drinking

    • After the anaesthetic, your child can start eating a light diet such as sandwiches, pasta, soup or jelly. Avoid fatty or junk food.
    • For babies: breastfeed or give formula feeds as usual.

    Nausea and vomiting

    • Do not worry if your child feels sick or vomits once or twice after leaving hospital.
    • If they vomit or feel sick, stop giving food for about an hour. Then, try a light diet if your child can manage it without feeling ill.
    • If your child continues to vomit, please call your child's anaesthetist or your nearest hospital emergency department.


    • Because your child has had anaesthetic, they should rest for the first 24 hours after the anaesthetic, with an adult taking care of them.


    • If you do not have an appointment already made, please phone your referring doctor who ordered the CT scan.  It may be a week before they receive the results from the hospital.
    • Contact your child's anaesthetist if you are concerned about your child. Contact details are listed below.

    Contact details

    • The Royal Children's Hospital
      T: (03) 9345 5522 (24hrs)
      Ask switchboard to page the on-call anesthetist if you are concerned about your child.
    • Surgery Centre
      Monday to Friday 7AM to 7PM
      T: (03) 9345 6570


    Factsheet developed by the RCH Surgery Centre.  First published 2005. Updated January 2012


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