Global health tech company Philips has announced that it is launching a series of tools to help children prepare for MRI scans, including the 'Kitten Scanner' -- a mobile role-playing tool that kids can use to scan stuffed animals to understand the MRI process better.
In addition, the new app will utilize AR technology and even let children partner up with a virtual friend, allowing the child to be the MRI operator. The main goal of the new app is to educate children about MRIs, ideally reducing their stress around their own procedures.
"By removing factors that can trigger stress, we are enhancing the patient engagement experience for pediatric patients to help improve outcomes,” said Werner Satter, general manager at Philips Healthcare Environment, in a recent press release. For example, using the new app in some cases could result in children not needing to be sedated during the procedure where sedation may have otherwise been required.
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