It is important for children to feel comfortable and safe when undergoing a CT scan, MRI, X-ray, ultrasound or fluoroscopy procedure. CHOC Children’s is proud to be one of only a small number of medical centers in the country to have child life specialists working in a dedicated pediatric radiology and imaging department. Our radiology associates work with our child life specialists to provide children of all ages—babies through young adults—with the support they need to make the imaging process less stressful for both the patient and his or her caregiver.
Child life specialists, nurses and technologists use fun distractions like videos, toys and activities to help children feel more at ease with the imaging process. Once patients are comfortable, our staff uses play medical equipment, pictures and interactive tools to help children understand what to expect during the imaging exam. During the procedure, our associates help patients through the imaging process by:
- Blowing bubbles, talking or singing with the child.
- Providing music to listen to on an MP3 player during an X-ray, ultrasound, or CT scan. (Depending upon the area of the body being imaged, this may not be an option for all children.)
- Providing special goggles to use during MRI scans. Video goggles allow a patient to watch his or her favorite movie or television show while undergoing their MRI scan. The goggles are only used at a handful of facilities in the United States and have been proven to reduce the number of patients needing sedation for MRI procedures.