Virtual Reality as Anxiety Management Tool for Preparing Children for MR Exam (LIVE)

  • End date
    Nov 4, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Central Hospital, Nancy, France
Updated on 4 October 2022
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The access to MRI examination is limited due to the duration of the acquisitions, the noise and the narrow patient space of the device. A child can, therefore, be anxious, less cooperative and move more during the acquisition, affecting the quality of the examination and the medical diagnosis. General anesthesia or sedation, may be considered to obtain diagnostic quality examinations. Our hypothesis is that a scenario as close as possible to reality to prepare children before the MR exam could reduce their anxiety, improve the quality of the exams and reduce its duration.

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effect of virtual reality on MRI exam preparation to reduce the anxiety of children (aged from 6 to 12 years) who are referred to their first MRI exam, as compared to the current practice.

Condition Claustrophobia
Treatment Virtual Reality headset
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04536116
SponsorCentral Hospital, Nancy, France
Last Modified on4 October 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Child from 6 to 12 years old
Child who will have an MRI for the first time
Outpatient child
Child dependent on a parent affiliated to or beneficiary of a social security scheme
Child who has received age-appropriate information on the organization of the research
Child whose parents (or the only parent present with parental authority) have been fully informed about the organization of the research and have signed informed consent

Exclusion Criteria

Conditions that not allow the realization of a virtual MRI sceanrio or not allow to respond the scales (epilepsy, mental disorders, language, ...)
Child with a contraindication to performing an MRI
Child who has benefited from another MRI simulation system before ("IRM en Jeu" for instance)
Child's opposition to participate
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