Reducing kids’ MRI anxiety, brick by brick

guest post by Benjamin Taragin

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I have always been fascinated by LEGO®. There is something soothing about raking the pile with your hands, trying to find the perfect piece to complete your next build. It was with this mindset that I was helping my son, Yoni, build one of his projects (clearly there is no pleasure in this for me ;)). As we were working with the LEGO pieces, I came across a curved semicircular piece and realised that it reminded me of the bore opening of an MRI. With that thought in my head, my son and I began to build our initial LEGO MRI model. After building it, I realised that this might actually be useful for our child life division at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, spearheaded by Susan Frank and Meghan Kelly, to use when prepping patients for MRI. While many simulators exist on the market, some large and some small, none are built with the basic blocks of childhood. Additionally, its small size and portability allows it to be carried around the hospital in a regular work bag.

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New faces on the ESR Executive Council


As every year, the ESR presidency changed hands at the European Congress of Radiology in March, with the new president, Prof. Guy Frija, from Paris, taking the reins from Prof. Gabriel P. Krestin. At the same time, the ECR 2014 Congress President, Prof. Valentin E. Sinitsyn, from Moscow, took over from Prof. José I. Bilbao as chairman of the Congress Committee.

In addition to these regular changes, a number of other positions on the Executive Council have been filled by new faces. First, Prof. Bernd Hamm, from Berlin, has moved up the chain into Prof. Sinitsyn’s position as 1st Vice-Chairperson of the Congress Committee, with Prof. Katrine Åhlström Riklund, from Umea, Sweden, elected to the role of 2nd Vice-Chairperson.
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New York schools celebrate day of awareness for radiology

Following the launch of the first International Day of Radiology in November last year, the field of radiology now has another special day to celebrate. During the opening session of an annual science day in New York, USA, marking its tenth anniversary, organiser Prof. Hedvig Hricak and her colleagues were presented with a proclamation officially declaring April 19, 2013, Radiology/Science Careers Awareness and Exploration Day for High School Juniors.

Proclamation certificate presented to Dr. Hedvig Hricak and colleagues

Proclamation certificate presented to Dr. Hedvig Hricak and colleagues

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May 2013