Looking at imaging procedures through the eyes of a child


The arrival of picture day causes more than its share of sweaty palms and upset stomachs in children, especially when the camera is a 12-ton MRI machine that makes an unsettling knocking noise as they are slid inside.

In a new video by Akron Children’s Hospital, Elizabeth Cetnarowski, a child life specialist at Akron Children's Hospital, shares her ideas to help put kids at ease during imaging procedures, as well as some steps parents can take before they even leave the house.

"We explain the procedure to them at each child’s developmental level," said Cetnarowski, "and we clear up any misconceptions they might have. We try to do everything we can to make the experience better for them."

For the younger kids, that means watching Barbie® enter a scaled down version of an MRI or starting their teddy bear's IV. For teens, it may involve discussing body image and privacy issues. She also discusses strategies parents can use to promote better understanding and to ease anxieties.

The video is available at Type in the keyword, "imaging." You can also find the video on

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