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Spaceship-themed MRI suite makes scans less scary for kids

Imagine you’ve journeyed into outer space. From the porthole of your space capsule, you see Earth glowing against a backdrop of stars as other planets shimmer in the distance.

What sounds like a theme park ride is actually sophisticated diagnostic technology found in the Children’s Medical Fund Center for Diagnostic Studies at Cohen Children’s Medical Center. Advanced 3D magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines and the surrounding suite are specially decorated to turn a scary procedure into an adventure.

“The suite is designed exclusively for children and is the latest step in our ongoing commitment to providing the best care possible for children,” says Charles Schleien, MD, executive director at Cohen Children’s.

“Each project is imagined through the mind of a child,” says Rafael Mejia, Northwell Health project architect. Elsewhere in the Hospital, entire floors are decorated in beach, forest and mountain themes.

The NASA-themed diagnostic facility, funded by a $10 million commitment from the Children’s Medical Fund of New York (CMF), will impact more than 4,500 children a year. “We could not be more pleased to help Cohen Children’s offer state-of-the-art diagnostic services,” says David Blumenfeld, CMF’s chairman. CMF's gift is the latest of many over its 50-year partnership with Northwell Health.

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