Feelings of anxiety and apprehension are common among young patients. Stress reduction techniques in pediatric imaging benefits both patients and staff. When the pediatric care environment evokes a sense of tranquility, children may follow directions more closely, and procedures flow more smoothly.
Ambient Experience allows children (or staff) to personalize a multisensorial room by selecting a room theme or by connecting their own devices for personal audio and video content. Upon selection, the room transforms and engages the child in a comforting experience.
Positive distraction can help a child feel more confident and in control. They are more at ease, which improves the chances of a successful procedure and may reduce the need for sedation. In fact, a children-centered-care study in Denmark, where the Philips 'Kitten Scanner' and Ambient Experience with in-bore Connect were employed, reported that the use of general anesthetics for MRI in children aged 4–6 was reduced from 57% to 5%.1