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Histon and Impington

Park Primary School

Can you scan a shark? What happens if you sneeze in the scanner?

These are just two of the many questions children asked when they received a talk from the Imaging Manager from Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital.

Alan Rout explained the importance of MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) diagnostic scans, what doctors use them for and how the very strong magnets in the scanner and radio frequency pulses generate signals to produce an image.

In June, Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital will updating and installing a new MRI scanner. In celebration of the new scanner, the team chose to go and speak to children, aged four to seven years, at their local school about MRI scanners.

Alan explains:

“Histon and Impington Infant School recently opened and is the closest school to our hospital. We thought it might be a good idea to share a bit of our knowledge with the children. It was a wonderful opportunity to show Science in practice and give them an insight into the human body. Being able to show parts of their body they can’t actually see clearly fascinated some of them.”

Mr Dando, who is our Science Leader explained:  

“Being based in Cambridge, many of our children have parents who work in Research, Science or Medicine so I was expecting quite a few to have an interest in the scanner and the images. They loved the sessions and being shown what their organs and skeleton look like. Alan also showed us movies of scans through the cross sections of different fruit!  It was all accompanied by an excellent explanation from one of our local experts.”