Plymouth Hospitals Charity is delighted to announce the arrival of a new MRI play rocket at Derriford Hospital. The rocket-shaped mock-MRI machine is designed to ease anxiety for children.
The play scanner allows the child to practice lying still in an MRI- like environment, so when they go through with a real MRI scan they are more likely to complete their scan. This MRI play rocket is one of fewer than 20 available worldwide.
MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans produce detailed images of inside the body, these are then used to help diagnose conditions, plan treatments and assess how effective treatments have been. Although an MRI is a painless procedure, it requires the patient to lie completely still in a confined space.
MRI Radiographer Ellie Lloyd says the new MRI scanner will allow them to transition children away from having their scans under general anaesthetic.