New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital Pirate-themed CT Scanner.

The New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital has turned its CT scan room into a pirate-themed island.Children enter the room by walking a plank and settling into a boat-shaped table. Radiologists then weigh anchor and slide the table right into the scanner, while swashbuckling pirates look on from the walls.

It’s still a fantasy and it doesn’t detract from the fact that many of the children who need these tests are coming to the hospital in pain. Some are coming to track the growth of cancers. Others have perhaps fallen down a flight of stairs and are suffering from ankle or skull fractures. Still others were born with conditions that need to be closely monitored, like congenital heart defects.

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Tests and procedures can be scary for young kids. To be distracted by an adventure like going out to sea and meeting a monkey or pirate kitty lets you leave the scary environment for a little bit.

Dr. Carrie Ruzal-Shapiro, New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children hospital's chief of pediatric radiology

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