COLUMBIA, Mo. (2/11/15)--More than a dozen mid-Missouri credit unions raised funds to purchase a set of $44,000 MRI-compatible video goggles and headphones for Women's and Children's Hospital in Columbia, Mo.
With the goggles, kids at the hospital can now watch their favorite movies while having an MRI scan performed, helping to provide doctors with clear images for diagnosing and treating their patients.
Beginning in the fall of 2011, more than a dozen members of the Missouri Credit Union Association Central Chapter of Credit Unions held bake sales and other events to raise money to buy the goggles.
"A lot of families at our credit union have kids who have had MRIs at Children's Hospital, so we know MRIs can be a scary experience," said Cindy Campbell, assistant vice president of retail operations for $269 million-asset Missouri CU, Columbia. "We saw the need, and wanted to help--the MRI goggles make going to the hospital a little better for the kids."
Women's and Children's Hospital performs 2,500 to 2,700 MRI scans of children each year. To have an MRI scan, a patient must lie still for up to an hour or more. For children, it can be difficult to stay still for that long, so they sometimes must be given a sedative for the scan. But with the new goggles, sedation often can be avoided.
Because the goggles surround the eyes entirely, children see only the cartoon or movie they are watching. Noise-canceling headphones quiet the noise of the magnets that create the MRI image, and a child can focus on the entertainment and forget about the MRI scan. When an MRI technician wants to talk to the child, the sight and voice of the technician replace those of the movie, which is paused for the conversation.