A routine medical test will soon be easier for children thanks to a donation from a Cedar Falls charity.
St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids received a gift of $44,850 from Peregrine Charities to install a CinemaVision goggle system in the hospital's MRI machine.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, uses a magnetic field to make pictures of organs and structures inside the body. The process requires patients to be completely still for up to 45 minutes while images are being taken.
"Some patients, particularly children, are not able to tolerate MRIs, and we have to sedate them to complete the procedure," said Dennis Winders, St. Luke's Imaging Services director. "We anticipate this technology will create a more soothing environment for children who experience fear and anxiety associated with MRI scanning and our hope is this technology will reduce the need for sedation."
CinemaVision is a 3D video and sound system designed to stand up to the MRI's magnetic field. It helps patients fight claustrophobia and other fears while in the confined space of the MRI. It also allows patients to talk with technicians and doctors during the scan.
The system is expected to be installed at St. Luke's this winter.