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CAP wants to see your brain

The CAP team would like to introduce an exciting new part of our study – brain imaging using Magnetic Resonance

Imaging, or MRI.

Neuroimaging of the Children’s Attention Project (NICAP) is an extension to CAP, and we want to look at how the brain develops across childhood and into early adolescence. We know that certain parts of our brain are important for attention, and that we get better at attention skills as we get older. What we don’t know, and would like to find out, is how these parts of the brain develop over childhood into adolescence.

We are aiming to see 250 families at The Royal Children’s Hospital for MRI appointments, and we need your help!

What is MRI?

MRI is short for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and uses a magnet to take detailed pictures of inside the body! The MRI scanner is a machine shaped like a big donut and open on both ends. There is a bed to lie on, and this bed moves into the big donut for the pictures to be taken. Your child wears earphones in the scanner so we can talk to them.

Your child can also watch a movie in the MRI. We have a big selection of movies to choose from including the Lego Movie, Frozen, Kung Fu Panda and Spiderman 2. You can also bring your own movie from home!  

Watch our video here

Have a practice before you decide!

To help children to be ready for their MRI scan, we get them to complete a practice scan first. Most children get a lot out of this practice and are then eager to complete their real scan. To help prepare for the scan and have a practice in your own time, head to and try The Royal Children’s Hospital’s free app, Okee!