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Friends of Stamford Hospital donate special equipment so newborn babies can have MRI scans

The Friends of Stamford Hospital have donated a special piece of equipment to the MRI unit for use by the hospital's tiniest patients.

The BabyFix Cocoon is a soft vacuum immobilisation device that safely wraps a newborn baby to keep him or her safe and comfortable during MRI scanning. If a baby can lie still, this often avoids the need for a general anaesthetic.

MRI scanning of newborns is not an everyday occurrence and the images are often unreadable due to the child moving. This equipment, in conjunction with the state of art noise-reduction capabilities of the Stamford Hospital MRI scanner, will enable infant imaging in a patient-friendly environment with a higher success rate.

Baby cocoon donated by the Friends of Stamford Hospital
Baby cocoon donated by the Friends of Stamford Hospital

Karen Smith, MRI section head said: “Parents can easily see the child and the comfortable positioning makes it a much better experience for both baby and parent.

“This is a marvellous piece of equipment and the MRI team are very grateful for the continued support of the Friends of Stamford Hospital to increase patient safety and wellbeing.”

The cocoon retails at £750.

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