Michal, an Israeli mother, made history when she entered an MRI machine together with her six-month-old son Yuval, to prevent him from having to receive anesthesia.
Dr. Liat Ben-Sira, Director of Ichilov Medical Center's Pediatric Radiology Unit, explained: "Ichilov is the first in the world which initiated imaging tests for children without the use of anesthesia. This is an initiative of our amazing radiologists, and it happens in the merit of dedicated parents, who enter the machine for many long minutes, together with those who mean the most to them."
"This is a revolution that is garnering the world's attention, and I believe that within a short time, the necessity to anesthetize children in order to perform imaging tests will be drastically reduced."
General policy is that an MRI for a child under the age of eight requires anesthesia, due to the assumption that the child is incapable of remaining still for the duration of the test.
Michal Mantinband, the mother, said, "I read about the father who entered the machine with his 2.5-year-old daughter and prevented her from needing anesthesia, and I immediately knew that I would do that with my Yuval, who has already undergone head surgery and two anesthesias. I wanted to prevent him from undergoing an additional anesthesia."
"I especially thank Ronen Melamed and Ziva, the radiologists who accompanied us patiently and with so much empathy, and Professor Yonatan Roth, the neurosurgeon with good hands who has treated us with professionalism and care."