I watched her small body move in and out of the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner, the machine clanging and chirping overhead. A hospital blanket lay draped across my shoulders, an untouched magazine in my lap. I felt the warmth of my husband’s presence next to me as I avoided making eye contact, pretending everything would be okay. Our bright, inquisitive 8-year-old daughter had been having headaches for several months. Working with our pediatrician, we had identified triggers and tried to change the pattern but in the weeks prior to the MRI, the headaches became more frequent and started to wake her at night. I tried to convince myself that we were overreacting, but as physicians, we knew her symptoms were concerning.
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