Siemens helps the little heroes of big heroes conquer MRIs

Siemens Healthineers |  Jan 15, 2016

Challenge in Pediatric MRI

The pediatric MRI exam experience is often stressful for patients and families. MRIs on children often require sedation for some children to lie still. Sedation, however, poses risks. Sedation can produce significant side effects, requires more time, cost, and departmental resources, and increases stress on families already dealing with the anxiety of the MRI. When facilities work to improve the MRI experience, this can result in an increase in patient comfort, decrease in patient anxiety, and less stress for families.



Improving the Pediatric MRI experience for Military Families

Siemens MRI Heroes Kit provides creative education for families and kids so they can be more comfortable during an MRI exam. The kit also empowers children so they can be imaged with less anxiety. With the MRI Heroes Kit, the children of service men and women can be superheroes just like their moms and dads.

The Superhero MRI program Kit

Developed in collaboration with Marvel Comics and Weill Cornell Imaging at NewYork-Presbyterian in New York City, the MRI Heroes Kit can help children understand what an MRI is, including what it looks like, what it sounds like, and what it does. With the tools and information provided in the kit children and parents have the information and education needed to have a better MRI exam experience. The MRI Heroes Kit includes copies of custom solution comic books, toy size model of a Siemens scanner, an educational DVD, capes, and Captain America and Iron man plush dolls.


The MRIamahero! program is provided by Siemens in collaboration with Weill Cornell Imaging at NewYork-Presbyterian and Marvel Custom Solutions.


1MR scanning has not been established as safe for imaging fetuses and infants less than two years of age. The responsible physician must evaluate the benefits of the MR examination compared to those of other imaging procedures.

2Superhero cape should not be worn while patient is being imaged.


Further Information

MRI Heroes Kit: Information for Healthcare Providers

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