Professor Penny Curtis Penny Curtis

Mixed-Realities Play Kit to Prepare Children Aged 4-10 for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Led by Leeds based company Dubit, the project brings together expertise from the University of Sheffield, the Royal College of Art, Glasgow School of Art and Sheffield Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

The project will produce an innovative digital kit for preparing children aged 4-10 years of age to undertake an MRI. The Mixed Reality play kit will be suitable for use in the home and in the hospital setting and will include cutting edge augmented and virtual reality play opportunities which will guide children, and their parents/s, through the entirety of the patient journey.

The product will therefore maximise the potential for play to promote health and wellbeing by allowing children to make sense of their experiences, express fear, normalise unusual events and reduce anxieties, contributing to a reduction in the need for a general anaesthetic during MRI examinations.

For further information please contact Penny Curtis (p.a.curtis@sheffield.ac.uk) or Jill Thompson (jill.thompson@sheffield.ac.uk).