Child patients lay down on a mock plank which then slides into the scanner, a hoop in the shape of a ship’s wheel. Swash-buckling pirate animals decorate the walls to distract the children from the test.
An exam adventure: A new CT scanner at a New York City children’s hospital helps distract patients from the stressful test
Tough choice: The hospital was given two choices for a children’s scanner by manufacturer GE, either pirates or fish
Dr Carrie Ruzal-Shapiro, the hospital’s chief of pediatric radiology, said the pirates won out because they ‘were cute’ and the scanner was installed in August.
And so far the reaction has been positive. Registered nurse Naomi Hawkins told Buzzfeed that the best response she’s gotten is a patient saying: ‘Hurry up and get out so I can play’.
Although the test only lasts a minute, it takes about 10 to 15 minutes to get children prepared for the test, which can be stressful.
‘It allows children to imagine all sorts of things,’ Dr Ruzal-Shapiro told the New York Daily News. ‘So it doesn’t seem like a horrible scary chore.’
Decision: Dr Carrie Ruzal-Shapiro, head of the pediatric radiology department, said they chose the pirates because they were cute
Not so bad: Dr Ruzal Shapiro said the decor helps make the test a little less of a ‘horrible, scary chore’
Prep: The test only takes a minute, but around 10 to 15 minutes to prepare patients for
Procedure: Patients are set up on the table which resembles a plank and are then pushed into scanner in the shape of a ship’s wheel
Before the test, nurses get kids settled onto the table and hooked up to an IV. The room’s decor helps kids take their mind off the IV and the anxiety of the test.
The children being scanned could be dealing with something as serious as cancer to checking on bone fractures.
The hospital’s radiology department conducts about five to 10 scans in the room every day, on patients ranging from infants to 21-year-olds.
‘The teens roll their eyes at the cat with the eye-patch and the hippo mermaid,’ Dr Ruzal-Shapiro said. ‘But they like it as much as the kids.’
Entertained: Imagery of swash-buckling animals like monkeys and tigers adorn the walls to give patients something to look at
Patients: The hospital performs between five and 10 scans a day on patients as young as infants and as old as 21
Different issues: Those getting scanned could be dealing with something as serious as cancer or just a fractured bone
Never too old: While teens roll their eyes at the decorations, Dr Ruzal-Shapiro says that they like it just as much as the younger ones
Source: Daily Mail.