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Abstract #0746

Virtual Reality Patient Training for Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Alexandra G. O'Neill1, Brian A. Hargreaves2, Karla Epperson2, Bruce L. Daniel2, and Christoph Leuze2
1Mathematics, Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY, United States, 2Radiology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, United States


For many patients, particularly pediatric patients, MRI exams can be intimidating primarily due to the confined space and loud noises. This can result in failed, non-diagnostic, or degraded exams at cost and even risk to the patient. We present a virtual reality application for mobile devices, such as mobile phones, of a Magnetic Resonance Imaging simulation and training software to serve as a tool for medical professionals to prepare children for MRI scans. Initial evaluations show promising results for reducing movement in test subjects and potential for reducing worry or anxiety among individuals preparing for MRI.

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