Imaging Innovations at Renown Lessen Anxiety, Improve Care For Young Patients

March 21, 2018

Renown’s X-Ray and Imaging team has been using the latest technology to reduce anxiety and improving care for its young patients. Through the support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and several community donors, Renown’s David & Judy Hess Children’s Imaging Center now offers a low dose x-ray room with stitching.

When using stitching, multiple images of a patient are “stitched” together in one fast, highly automated exam into a single, seamless composite image that provides more accurate measurements for scoliosis and long bone studies. Stitching began in February at the Children’s Imaging Center at Renown Regional.

Plus, the child and his or her family members can be in the viewing area providing support during the x-rays, which also feature the lowest dose of radiation used in the region.

“We can take a half-to-two-thirds less time on the x-rays when we use stitching,” said Christy Orosco, Manager of Imaging at Renown Regional Medical Center. “We can give the patient the option of standing up or lying down – whatever is best for the child.”

Renown Regional Medical Center has also added a second pair of MRI CinemaVision goggles, which have been in use for eight months at Diagnostic Services at 75 Pringle Way on the Renown Regional campus. With CinemaVision goggles, patients can watch their favorite movie or TV show while they get a MRI scan. The goggles still allow patients to communicate with a technician as needed.

Orosco said sedations at the Pringle location have been reduced by 60 percent through the use of CinemaVision, which has been very effective for children having MRIs ages five and up and also for patients with anxiety and PTSD.

Orosco said the goggles have been a hit with patients and families. “It’s had a very calming and relaxing effect,” she said. “It’s been a much better experience for everyone.”

To learn more about children’s imaging at Renown, go to its site on renown.org. You can also call Christy Orosco at 982-4492 to discuss imaging and referrals.