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Abstract #0747

What do children need to learn for an MRI-scan? Gamification of learning goals into the cosmo@home app

Sam Geuens1, Sanne Nauts2, Anas Abdelrazeq3, Michael Aertsen1, Gunnar Buyse1, Philippe Demaerel1, Jurgen Lemiere1, Jessica Nijs1, Greet Pauwels4, Marlies Potoms5, Saini Privender2, Kate Sauer4, Marie Sjölinger 6, Olov Ståhl6, Marlies Treunen7, Sofie Van Cauter8,9, Leen Wouters8,9, and Barbara Weyn7
1University Hospitals Leuven, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, 2Philips, Eindhoven, Netherlands, 3RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany, 4AZ Sint-Jan Brugge, Brugge, Belgium, 5Jessa Ziekenhuis, Hasselt, Belgium, 6RISE, Stockholm, Sweden, 7KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, 8Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg, Genk, Belgium, 9Center for Translational Psychological Research TRACE, Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg, Genk, Belgium


Undergoing an awake MRI-scan can be very stressful for young children and bears the risk that image quality is poor due to motion artefacts. Behavioral training by an experienced trainer has shown success in preparing children before a scan, however, this approach is costly and trainer dependent. We have designed a mobile app to prepare children for an upcoming MRI-scan at home. This app was tested by 52 children in four different hospitals. First data show that children and parents appreciate the app very much and that learning goals can be reached with a digital application at home.

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