Living Picture

The latest in visual technology has been installed at the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust to help distract and calm young children undergoing MRI scans.

On one of the walls in the MRI anaesthetic room a massive ‘living picture’ has been installed – an illuminated screen which can show a variety of both static and moving pictures.

There are eight different scenes to choose from. One shows an underwater shipwreck scene complete with swimming tropical fish, while another shows a calming Caribbean beach scene with waves lapping on the shore and palm trees blowing in the breeze.

It is hoped that the living picture, which has been funded thanks to the charity Time is Precious, will help to relax anxious young children who are about to have a general anaesthetic before their scan.

Di Pressdee, Team Lead Radiographer, said: “The living picture is a fantastic addition to the Radiology department. It has really brightened up our MRI anaesthetic room and is a great distraction for the children when they arrive for their scan as they are often anxious.

“When they wake from the anaesthetic they can sometimes be upset, so it is a really useful relaxing influence in the room. It really has helped create a much more pleasant and calming environment.

“I’d like to thank Time is Precious for funding such a wonderful bit of technology which will have such a positive impact on the experiences of some of our youngest patients.”