“Kitten Scanner” eases fears

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LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas – (KARK) 8-year-old Evan Tracy will get an MRI, but first he gets to learn how it works on what’s called a Kitten Scanner.

It turns what can be a scary medical procedure into child’s play.

Evan picks a “patient” which is a plastic toy and puts it on the toy scanner, then a video plays to explain what happens and how the scan works.

Medical staff at Arkansas Children’s Hospital say while the Kitten Scanner is a fun toy, it serves a serious purpose.

“So they know exactly what you’re expecting the whole process,” explains Mandy Fenwick.

It helps to calm the child’s nerves because, while painless, some MRI scans last up to two hours.

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