In a new study, Bochum clinicians found a new tool so they can scan children without the use of sedation.  MRI is important in diagnosing many diseases and abnormalities; but many offices tend to shy away from using them for children.  Mostly because they do not believe a child will sit still long enough to get a clear enough scan. 

They studied 326 patients and the average age was 7 years old.  Each child was prepped before each scan, they let them walk around the scanner room, they let the children bring their cuddly toys, and their parent/s was there as well.  97% of the diagnostic images they took were usable, and they took a total of 2461 images. 

Who would have thought a teddy bear would be changing technology? Learn more about this study on children and MRI scans.