Autism and Research Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Journal of Radiology Nursing
This qualitative study explored the experience of participating in a research study using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), typically developing (TYP) children, and their parent. It also assessed the feasibility, efficacy, and acceptability of the Going to MRI for a Research Study© iPad application (app), developed by the primary author, available for use for MRI preparation. The app provides a description of the steps of the MRI procedure, from the child’s perspective, outlining expected behaviors and responses. Ten English-speaking parent/child dyads (n = 20) participated in an audiotaped question guide-facilitated telephone interview about their experience in the MRI study. Participants confirmed the iPad app's feasibility, efficacy, and acceptability. ASD child/parent themes differed from TYP child/parent themes. More children with ASD who used the app completed the MRI than without it. The iPad app may help children with ASD complete MRIs in future studies.