The lowest radiation dose available for pediatric imaging in the region has been launched at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, which unveiled a state-of-the-art, $8.7 million Imaging Center on Jan. 24.
The Imaging Center features two new 128-slice CT scanners that will provide significantly enhanced diagnostic imaging capabilities while providing the safest imaging through dose reduction software. SSM Cardinal Glennon’s 128-slice scanner, in addition to providing the lowest radiation dose possible, can scan faster, resulting in a decrease of patients who require sedation.
"Imaging experts have focused on ways to reduce children’s exposure to radiation while greatly enhancing diagnostic abilities,” said Sherlyn Hailstone, president of SSM Cardinal Glennon. “The advanced equipment gives us the best of both worlds. Our specialists can see exactly what is happening in a child’s body to provide a high level of care while minimizing the child’s radiation exposure to a level far lower than the industry standard.”
The Imaging Center also introduces an interactive MRI suite designed to provide comfort and distraction techniques to children. Children can use an iPad to select color “themes” for the MRI suite. Their selected theme is reflected throughout the room with light-up walls and lights. Children can also select a favorite video to watch on a flat-panel TV mounted above the MRI.
“Young children especially can find the experience of an MRI to be frightening, but we have developed ways to help them feel comfortable throughout the process,” said Nathan Bennett, team leader for Imaging at SSM Cardinal Glennon. “The same nurse greets them, takes them to the MRI and stays with them throughout recovery. Kids can also select a video to watch before their MRI and actually take that same video with them to the procedure and recovery and pick up right where they left off.”
The Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation raised $6.5 million for the project that will strengthen imaging capabilities at the hospital.
“We are so grateful for the exceptional generosity of the community,” said Dan Buck, executive director of the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation. “Cardinal Glennon could not fulfill its mission of providing the best care for children without the incredible support of people who believe in what we do and help make it possible.”