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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Wolfson Children's Hospital is offering a service found at very few hospitals nationwide.

It's called the MR-I Am Ready program. Children ages six and up in need of an MRI, will no long have to undergo sedation.

At nine-years-old, Mattie Holloway is battling a rare disorder, called neurofibromatosis. Fiber tumors grow underneath her skin.
They're not cancerous, but doctors need to constantly keep a close eye on things, causing her to get MRI's often.

A tube is used to help Mattie imagine what things will be like inside of an MRI machine. Her mom, Caroline Holloway says the MR-I Am Ready program helps to ease her fears. She knows all too well what it's like waiting for your child to wake up from sedation.

"It's extremely nerve racking," said Holloway. "Tears, you pace the floors. When she's laying there, she's just so helpless and so little. Just the risk of sedation every time is different."

There's also the wait time, Laura McCalvin who helped to jump start this program, says that's a huge incentive.

"You don't have to wait as long to get an MRI," said McCalvin. "You forgo the risks associated with sedation and anesthesia. We're able to get families in quicker and they can get their results quicker."

So far the MR-I Am Ready program has served about 30 little patients at the Wolfson Children's Hospital. This service does not have any extra costs.