ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- Hospitals can be a terrifying place, especially for a child. So when Cardinal Glennon Medical Center set out to build its new MRI suite, it looked for ways to make it kid-friendly.
Young or old spending time in a CT scanner can be a little claustrophobic and scary, so Cardinal Glennon kept that in mind when it created its $9 million MRI suite.
Cardinal Glennon unveiled its new 10,000 square foot imaging center on Thursday.
The multi-million dollar facility provides interactive features for children, like a big screen TV above the MRI machine so young patients can watch their favorite movies.
Children can also set the mood of the room so to speak. Using an iPad they can change the color of the room to their liking. Another important feature of the new suite are 2 CT scanners that not only provide significantly enhanced diagnostic imaging capabilities, but use the lowest radiation dose possible.
The new CT's can also scan faster, resulting in a decrease of patients who require sedation.
The new suite includes some fun features, like these bouncy colored floor panels that kids can play on while they wait for their appointments, all part of the design to provide comfort and distraction for the areas youngest patients.
The Cardinal Glennon Imaging suites open on January 24th. Cardinal Glennon has more information about the new imaging center on its website.