When a child between the ages of 5-11 requires an MRI there currently is no way to evaluate if the child will be able to lie still long enough to complete the MRI or if the child will require Anesthesia to be able to complete the MRI. This results in either in efficiencies of the MRI machine or unnecessary anesthesia for children.
Don't Stumble Tumble is a mobile application designed to help reduce the number of cases of GA by providing medical professionals a tool with which to monitor a child's ability to remain still for extended periods of time.
The game uses motion recognition software to give feedback to the child as they play, reminding them to remain still when motion is detected and eventually affecting their overall score. The game is comprised of a ten level structure with increasing time intervals so children build up their comfort levels with longer time periods in the lead-up to their scan.
All of the gameplay statistics and game data are constantly being tracked and displayed on an online dashboard. This dashboard gives a visual representation to technicians and medical researchers of a patient's ability to remain still with a view to informing their decision of whether or not that particular child is a candidate for a non-sedated MRI scan.
The overall goals of this application are plenty. Among other positive outcomes, Don't Stumble Tumble aims to decrease the number of instances of general anesthetic for MRI scans, increasing patient throughput, lowering wait times, and reducing MRI costs.
Current worked with a team of medical professionals to develop this application and it is due to start clinical trials at the IWK Children's Hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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