New Machine Allows Bradford Kids To ‘Relax and View’ During MRI Scans

Around 55 children are imaged every single day in Bradford’s hospitals.

Children having an MRI scan at Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI) are being helped to relax thanks to a new video screen they can watch while they’re in the scanner.

The specialist ‘Relax and View’ machine, which plays films and videos while children and young people are having scans, has been donated to BRI’s Radiology department by Bradford Hospitals’ Charity as part of its Rays a Smile fundraising appeal.

The appeal, launched earlier this year, aims to raise £250,000 to make radiology services at the hospital more child-friendly.

Almost all patients treated in hospital, either as an inpatient or outpatient, are referred for imaging. Around 55 children are imaged every single day in Bradford’s hospitals.

It is believed that a brighter, more child-friendly environment will benefit all patients, including some adults who find imaging stressful. It will also speed up scan times because people will be less anxious and avoid sedation, thus providing better quality images.

Consultant Paediatric Radiologist, Dr LeeAnne Elliott said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have this wonderful new piece of kit, kindly donated by the Charity, which will really help patients relax more during scans as they’ve now got something to watch while they listen through headphones.

“It plays DVDs, which are easily available, and we’ve already got a great stock of Disney and other children’s movies which staff have given us. Children will be able to choose what they want to watch – and we think some David Attenborough DVDs will go down well with older patients!

“It’s a very specialist system designed specifically to be used in the MRI environment, which means everything has to be non-ferrous (not made of iron and not magnetic), and it has a series of mirrors so patients can see the screen no matter how they are positioned.”

Head of Fundraising for Bradford Hospitals’ Charity, Hayley Collis, added: “Most people will have experience of having an x-ray, which is daunting enough, but in fact most adults, let alone children, are very anxious when they have an MRI or CT scan.

"We want to provide the best for Bradford’s children when they come into hospital, so we’re thrilled to donate the Relax and View system through Rays a Smile, which we know we will be very well used.”

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