Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is one of the most used techniques in
medicine today and around 10 percent of the patients at the University of California,
San Francisco (UCSF), mostly children, need to be brought back to the clinic for additional
In order to ease anxiety in children, UCSF has redecorated the MRI suites
into particular settings, which would allow children to imagine themselves
driving a trolley or being captain of a ship while being scanned.
Hopefully, kids will feel more comfortable as they go into the MRI machine.
If they are more relaxed, they won't move around as much, which would
greatly improve image quality used for more accurate diagnoses.
According to the hospital sources, not only does the hospital offer more
hospitable imaging facilities, but it also offers kids the option of watching a
movie while inside the MRI machine.
Using non-magnetic parts, Cinemavision allows the patient to wear an
eyepiece and headset to enjoy entertainment while lying still on the MRI table.
The initiative aims to decrease the number of patients that need to be
anesthetized, sedated, or to go back for extra imaging sessions.