UK’s first rocket MRI simulator lands at Evelina London

A new rocket-shaped MRI simulator is helping children at Evelina London to overcome their fears about having a real scan.

Evelina London is the first UK hospital – and 16th in the world – to install an innovative MRI simulator.

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 a painless procedure, children have to lie absolutely still in a confined space for a period of time which can range from 20 minutes to an hour and a half.

Aimed at children up to 10 years old, the new simulator helped 19 young patients avoid having an anaesthetic within the first month of being used. Children can watch a film while lying inside the machine and are recorded by the simulator. Motion sensors register any movement made during the practice session and the results are discussed with the child, their parents and the play specialist.

Read the full story at Evelina London Children’s Hospital