Children's Hospital Los Angeles
3 year old enjoys DVD during MRI with no sedation
Email from Maureen McCollough MD, on her 3 year old child’s experience during a brain MRI using Cinemavision
March 31, 2009
Subject: My Daughter’s Experience
I had to let you know my daughter’s experience with an MRI scan at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). She is 3 years old and has been having worsening headaches. Worried that she might have a brain tumor, we scheduled a MRI scan at CHLA.
I am an Emergency Medicine physician with a fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and am well aware that young children often need to be sedated for procedures like the MRI. We practiced at home making a pretend MRI scanner with pillows and banged pots so Maggie could understand what it was going to be like. This is a girl who hates loud noises.
Well the experience at CHLA was fantastic. They had just installed your Cinemavision system one month prior. My daughter chose “Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus” to watch, her favorite. They placed the goggles and earphones on her and placed her head into the MRI “cage”. She didn’t move for the next 30 minutes. Occasionally I would see her mouth moving and it took me awhile to realize she was singing to the movie!! Anyway, the MRI was completely normal and I know that if your system had not been in place, my daughter would have had to be sedated for this 30 minute exam.
Please let your company know that your product is wonderful and I am now trying to pursue it for our new hospital.
Maureen McCollough MD
Department of Emergency Medicine
Los Angeles County USC Medical Center