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QUIET MRI REDUCING ANXIETY FOR PEDIATRIC PATIENTS

Originally published on December 10, 2015
Most recently updated on May 13, 2016

BOARDMAN, Ohio - Fourteen year-old Leon Daugherty II of East Liverpool is no stranger to MRI's.

"The first time I did this, it took us five and a half hours to get done," said Leon Daugherty II.

The first time Leon had an MRI performed on his brain was five years ago when he was diagnosed with a slow moving brain tumor that had wrapped around his optic nerve.  He's had his fair share of MRI scans since then, tracking the tumor's progress.  He learned at his most recently scan, he will have to undergo brain surgery for the second time in five years.

"Any muscle movement can distort the machine's sight and they will re-start the scan and some can be 15 minutes long. So, you mess that up twice, that is an extra half hour," said Daugherty.

Recognizing comfort leads to better scans, Akron Children's upgraded its MRI technology, minimizing the loud sounds that come from the machine by up to 97% with an application known as Quiet Suite.

"In an MRI scan, it is very, very important to have the patient be very, very still for a long period of time.  And so, having that Quiet Suite technology really, really helps with that goal, keeping them still.  The more still we can keep them, the better imaging we get, the more detailed imaging we can get," said radiologist Dr. Richard McDonald with Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley.

The hospital says the new technology has resulted in less sedations and fewer re-scans, creating a more comfortable patient experience.

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