For children, hospitals are among the scariest places on Earth.
In addition, an MRI scan is one of the most daunting tests a child can undergo.
That’s why doctors have come up with a brilliant idea by building small models of scanners using lego toys to keep children ones at ease before going inside the examination room.
Parents believe it was a clever way to calm their kids down and they took to Twitter to share photos of lego scanners.
Praising the new method, Sophie Gadd wrote: “LEGO MRI scanners which go to hospitals to help teach kids who are nervous about getting one how they work. Clever part, the MRI bit opens up on a hinge so you can see how it works inside.”
Another parent, whose child was a bit worried about her MRI scan, said: “My eldest daughter had to have quite a few full skeletal MRI’s from the age of 6. They had a dedicated play team at The John Radcliffe that gave her this to play with.
“They also go through all the noises on an iPad so they don’t come as a shock. Incredible.”
Hundreds of Twitter users also shared their stories and some suggested that adults could also benefit from lego toys.
“This is brilliant! I had my fourth MRI yesterday and still get scared, I reckon this could help a fair few adults,” one wrote.
“Indeed. Playing the different noises to kids (and adults). Had an MRI recently. The nurse/technician administering suggested I close my eyes and think of something pleasant. Good advice,” a second said.
“Having had an MRI as an adult I think I’d still like all of this before having another one. What a great idea,” a third commented.
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