IMAGINE BEING STUCK INSIDE A TIGHT CONFINED, CYLINDER -SHAPED MACHINE FOR UP TO AN HOUR...DURING ALL OF THIS YOUR FACE JUST INCHES FROM THE CAPSULE.
YOU'RE TOLD YOU HAVE TO BE PERFECTLY STILL WHILE THE MACHINE TAKES ITS IMAGES OR YOU'LL HAVE TO DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN.
NOW IMAGINE EXPLAINING THIS TO A 10-YEAR-OLD.
NEW TECHNOLOGY IS MAKING A ONCE DREADED TRIP THROUGH AN M-R-I MACHINE INTO A BIG HIT WITH YOUNG PATIENTS!
LUKE SHELDON SPENDS HIS FREE TIME PRACTICING FOR THE BIG SCREEN. "I really want to be an actor. I don't know if it comes naturally, but it just feels great to be on stage."
BUT IT'S THIS SMALL SCREEN THAT'S GOT HIM AND HIS BROTHER TALKING. "I just told him they have these goggles that project like you're in a movie theater."
"I was going to go in two more weeks. I was really excited."
THE BOYS ARE TWO OF THE NEWEST PATIENTS TO TRY OUT "M-R-I MOVIE GOGGLES," AN ALTERNATIVE TO SEDATION. BOTH HAVE THE SPINAL CONDITION, SPINA BIFIDA OCCULTA.
IN THE PAST, THEY TOOK MEDICATION TO HELP THEM STAY STILL DURING AN M-R-I. THE MEDS ARE A POPULAR OPTION FOR PEOPLE WHO WOULD OTHERWISE HAVE TO HEAR THIS WHILE INSIDE THE MACHINE.
DAWN'S SON COULDN'T TAKE IT.
"He just had a reaction, you know, he cried and carried on. He said I was a bad mother, it was horrible, absolutely horrible."
BUT THIS SYSTEM, COMPLETE WITH HEADPHONES AND GOGGLES, SHUTS OUT THE NOISE AND ALLOWS KIDS TO WATCH D-V-DS DURING THE PROCEDURE.
"For a CAT scan, for example, where radiation is involved we want to do this once and be done."
"We've had as young as 4 and 5 year olds use the goggles, which is pretty amazing for them to hold still for sometimes 20-minute exams up to an hour, hour and a half." SAVING TIME AND REPEAT TESTS, WHILE MAKING A ROUTINE PROCEDURE SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO.
SINCE USING THE GOGGLES, SOME SPECIALISTS SAY THEY'VE SEEN THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN COMPLETING THEIR SCANS WITHOUT SEDATION DOUBLE.
SOME HOSPITALS ALSO OFFER THE MOVIE GOGGLES TO ADULTS.
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