MRI Scan - Patient Experience Matters
A new initiative using technology to bring patient information to life.

One in seven people has cancelled a hospital MRI scan appointment because they were scared to go, according to new research. The trend emerged from a survey asking 2,000 people about their attitudes to their health, hospitals and medical appointments.

The new MRI Scan app, created by Siemens UK, has been launched to help reduce the fear of having an MRI scan.

The interactive free app for adults and children aimed to ease fears following referral for an MRI scan is now available to download from iTunes and Google Play.

MRI Scan App

This app for adults and children helps to ease fears following referral for an MRI scan. Experience a 360” virtual MRI scan (with realistic sounds); scan items; find out more about the steps from referral to results; and have all your questions answered about the technology and process. This app is a great way to help you or your child find out in advance what it’s like to have an MRI scan. Turn on your sound; lie down and lean back; and move your tablet around to see what it’s really like to have an MRI scan.

MRI Scan App Video
The video announces the launch of the Siemens MRI Scan app. The new app is designed to take the fear factor out of MRI scans and shows the application being used by an adult and a child as well as details of specially commissioned research and an interview with Play Specialist Sarah Browne.

Siemens brings healthcare to life with interactive online tools to enhance teaching and learning

Siemens Healthcare has a range of online resources to support teachers with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The materials also support lesson workshops for personal, social and health education (PSHE) curricula.

The tools aimed at teachers and pupils - mixed age range: KS2, KS3 and KS4 (7-16 yrs), provide an introduction to medical technology including MRI, X-ray, fluoroscopy and ultrasound, how they are used to help patients and detail the technology behind them. The tools are designed to enrich and enhance teaching and learning when exploring healthcare topics.

The lesson plans also contain discussion ideas, task suggestions and practical activities. The ‘A Peep Inside’ task enables students to develop knowledge and understanding of the relationship between the properties of electromagnetic waves and their uses within medical equipment. The ‘Inside the Human Body’ activity allows pupils to observe some of the systems within the body and incorporates engaging games and quizzes to test their anatomy and nutrition knowledge. The ‘Medical Magnets’ session enables students to understand how engineers apply knowledge of physics and magnetics to develop lifesaving MRI scanners.

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust web feature

The web feature has been created in partnership with Siemens and is aimed at children to help them understand the process of visiting a hospital‘s Radiology department for a scan.