Soothing pediatric imaging fears: Experts discuss options

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Soothing pediatric imaging fears: Experts discuss options

by John R. Fischer, Senior Reporter | March 18, 2019
From the March 2019 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

He says the solution helps calm children to the point where they don’t even need to be sedated and is likely to evolve even more.

“I think additional steps in coil technology can go a long way, such as having no cable – to use completely wireless coils that make the hardware less intrusive. Something that looks like a piece of cloth. Something that you can wear and wouldn’t even know is a piece of imaging equipment. In addition, anxiety around noise is pretty substantial. Right now there are tools for silent scanning but not completely silent exams. There is a direction to make a comprehensive silent scan silent in totality.”

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Visual technology is also expected to evolve, with many anticipating the eventual development and introduction of virtual and augmented technologies.

“Having that technology will ease anxiety by transporting the patients to a variety of locations, whether it be via games, music, or movies,” said Kight.

While fear may always exist among children during imaging exams, efforts continue to expand the number of technological options available for soothing and eliminating such emotions, for the production of high-quality images to aid in making accurate diagnoses for the correct course of treatment.

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