AN inflatable MRI scanner that simulates the real experience for children and young people has been bought for Harrogate District Hospital.

Staff at the town's White Stuff shop raised £3,050 for the simulator which will help children to familiarise themselves with the equipment before having a real scan. Noise, vibration and claustrophobia from MRI machines can lead to children and young people becoming upset and scared, and the simulator is designed to help them get used to the experience before going through it for real.

Emma Burke, Specialist Radiographer said a scan can be a daunting experience for youngsters and it's hoped the inflatable simulator will help reduce the number of cancellations and sedations that are having to be carried out.