5/6/2011

Patients at a hospital in Long Branch, N.J., who interacted with a therapy dog for 15 minutes prior to an MRI scan reported feeling less stressed during the test compared with those who waited for 15 minutes in a quiet room, according to this article. The therapeutic effects of interacting with an animal prior to the diagnostic procedure may aid in keeping patients calm for longer and improve the quality of MRI tests, radiologists said.

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