LEGO is donating MRI scanner models to hospitals to help calm children

The LEGO Group is donating model MRI scanners to hospitals to explain the process to kids, and the exclusive build has been showcased online.

Fraser Lovatt, an employee of the LEGO Group, has taken to Twitter to share more about the exclusive build and the story behind it. The creation isn’t available for sale and the instructions won’t be accessible online, but photos of the construction process have been revealed.

The model uses a mix of white, grey and blue bricks to mirror the hospital setting and help familiarise younger patients with the process ahead of them. The build is split into two rooms, one continuing the MRI scanner and another for staff to stay and monitor the patient.

An image later in the Twitter thread shows how the LEGO MRI scanner can open up to reveal the internal machinery to children and help them understand what is going to happen, and stop them from worrying about the process.

The employee reveals that a fellow worker at the LEGO Group, Erik Ullerlund Staehr, came up with the idea for the model and that the LEGO Group is now tasking employees worldwide to build the exclusive sets and donate them to a local hospital.

Back in 2020, a LEGO Ideas project proposing an official set for a different type of MRI scanner was pitched on the platform but was not approved in the review stage.

Featured image: Fraser Lovatt

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64 thoughts on “LEGO is donating MRI scanner models to hospitals to help calm children

  • 25/02/2022 at 20:23
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    PLEASE put the instructions for this build online for children or parents or even hospitals to build their own. A suggested donation going to a non profit foundation to purchase real MRI machines or LEGO sets for hospitals could be the beneficiary. This could be more quickly set up than waiting for additional medical/MRI LEGO sets to be produced. LEGO could do a whole series like this.

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  • 25/02/2022 at 06:02
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    Kann man so einen tollen MRI Scanner bekommen? Ich würde ihn sehr gerne in unserer Praxis in der Scjweiz ausstellen, damit die Kinder sehen können, was passiert.
    Viele liebe Grüsse

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  • 18/02/2022 at 06:27
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    Id deze MRI scanner ook te koop of te bestellen?
    Uiteraard voor de kinderafdeling van het ziekenhuis .

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  • 17/02/2022 at 15:41
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    Liebes Lego-Team,
    ich arbeite in der Haunerschen Kinderklinik in München im Concussion Team und finde es super, dass ihr nicht nur das MRT sondern auch den Kontrollraum mit eingeplant habt.
    Da wir im Rahmen einer Studie ebenfalls viele Kinder ab 6 J im MRT haben und das natürlich ohne Sedierung ist es umso wichtiger die kindgerechte Aufklärung durchzuführen. Ich würde gerne für unsere Klinik 1-2 LEGO MRT Set anfordern.
    Wie läuft genau das Projekt, was können wir dazu beitragen? LG Gül

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  • 16/02/2022 at 15:18
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    These are such a great product and the impact they will have is going to be huge! Is there any way that imaging facilities can request one? I would love to further support this project!

    Stephanie Sczepankiewicz
    Diagnostic Imaging Manager at South Bend Orthopaedics

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  • 16/02/2022 at 02:49
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    I would be willing to purchase a few of these, or donate funds, for our hospital to secure a few sets.

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    • 21/02/2022 at 09:31
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      Ich arbeite in einer großen radiologischen Praxis und wir hätten auch liebend gern ein Set, da gerade für Kinder eine MRT Untersuchung sehr beängstigend sein kann, weil sie laut und mit Einschränkungen verbunden ist! Wir würden auch ein Set erwerben, der Erlös kann dann entsprechend gespendet werden. Das Interesse hier ist sehr groß!

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  • 11/02/2022 at 11:53
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    Hello, is there a request form or process for requesting one? Covenant Childrens Hospitals child life team could benefit from having one to use with children. What a great idea by Lego!

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  • 09/02/2022 at 08:23
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    Hi
    The paediatric wards at Bedford & Luton hospitals England, would really benefit from having one of these (at each site) to help take the anxiety out of the procedure of having an an MRI, which many children face.

    How do we get sets?

    Kind Regards

    Jennifer

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  • 07/02/2022 at 14:41
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    This is SO cool! Children’s Wisconsin would love to utilize this for our patient population. Wonderful innovation, LEGO team!

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  • 07/02/2022 at 01:37
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    This is such an amazing idea – perfect to help familiarize children with the MR process.

    How does a hospital go about securing a lego set?

    Thanks,
    Marcia

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  • 06/02/2022 at 14:30
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    Dear Lego
    Is this possible to buy a MRI model for the Hospital I work. Where can I order this MRI Lego model.
    Congratulations this is a project that will help millions of children around the world.

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  • 06/02/2022 at 14:26
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    This is a wonderful project, what can be done for this to become a real product.
    Is this possible to buy a MRI model for the Hospital I work. Where can I order this MRI Lego model.
    Congratulations this is a project that will help millions of children around the world.

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    • 25/02/2022 at 06:02
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      Kann man so einen tollen MRI Scanner bekommen? Ich würde ihn sehr gerne in unserer Praxis in der Scjweiz ausstellen, damit die Kinder sehen können, was passiert.
      Viele liebe Grüsse

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  • 06/02/2022 at 09:57
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    Hello Lego,

    I work in an Emergency Department and I think the MRI lego will be a very useful tool to help our patients. Please let me know how I can get o

    Many thanks
    Barbara
    Senior Sister

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  • 05/02/2022 at 20:33
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    Dear Lego
    I am a radiologist and my department would love a model to calm children before examinations.
    Thank you

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  • 02/02/2022 at 14:04
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    Hello,

    I am a new MRI member to a Connecticut Children’s Hospital. Your idea is fantastic to help with the anxiety of having an MRI for children! We would love to get this for our pediatric patients, please let me know how.

    Thank you
    Jennifer

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    • 25/02/2022 at 06:04
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      Hallo Lego
      Wär es möglich dieses tolle Projekt in die Schweiz zu bekommen? Ich würde es sehr gerne für unsere Kinder in unserer Praxis ausstellen.
      Es ist sooo toll ?

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  • 02/02/2022 at 10:25
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    Hoe kunnen we er één bij ons ziekenhuis aanvragen?
    How can we get one for the hospital?

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  • 02/02/2022 at 03:00
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    Dear LEGO,

    Like so many other hospitals, my MRI department would love to have some of these. How can we get some?

    Thanks,

    Peter Rosella, MD, MRMD
    University of Rochester Medical Center

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  • 01/02/2022 at 11:53
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    Hi, as a neurologist who sees many paediatric neurology patients, I love the idea to have such a set in our hospital: beam/brick it up to Geel, Belgium please Scotty!

    And please consider ‘The next Lego movie’: ‘Lego heroes in the hospital’!
    So children can watch the movie waiting for their scan.

    I can’t wait…

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    • 01/02/2022 at 21:05
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      I would love to buy one, have my kids build it and donate to a local hospital.
      How can I buy one? Thank you and G’d Bless you.

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  • 01/02/2022 at 07:37
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    Beste Lego collega,
    Hoe leuk!!

    Heel graag komen we als Radiologie afdeling van het Amphia ziekenhuis Breda in aanmerking voor zo’n Legoset.
    Hoor graag van u.

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  • 31/01/2022 at 21:18
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    How can I get an MRI lego set?

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  • 31/01/2022 at 13:53
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    How do I get one for my Hospital?

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  • 31/01/2022 at 02:45
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    Fantastic!!can you also maybe add the AR option that shows up at many Lego stores when you hold the box in front of a camera?

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  • 30/01/2022 at 19:13
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    Interested in receiving a model for our Radiology Department.

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    • 31/01/2022 at 19:07
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      I truly love the idea of the MRI scanner machine. Recently I went for my MRI and I was scared and unsure. I can send what I wrote on my experience.
      I think a children’s story book can be fun to go along with the MRI lego set. I am a writer and a children’s author and have participated in writing books for 0 to 3 years and 3 to 5 years old funded by Lego in Bangladesh.. Please let me know if I can write again. I now live in Auckland, New Zealand.

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  • 30/01/2022 at 13:06
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    I would love to get this Lego set to help our pediatric patients . How can I order one?

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  • 30/01/2022 at 12:52
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    Our paediatric imaging team would love one of these. We scan loads of children who would benefit

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    • 01/02/2022 at 17:26
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      Ls, als kinderneuroloog ben ik zeer geïnteresseerd in deze Mri scan van Lego. Dit kan goed helpen de angst bij kinderen te reduceren. Vriendelijke groeten

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  • 30/01/2022 at 04:59
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    Hi
    I am a Child Life Therapist working at a hospital in Sydney Australia.
    I help prepare children and adolescents to have an mri with a ga?
    How does this donation work?

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    • 23/02/2022 at 21:36
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      Kann man so einen tollen MRI Scanner bekommen? Ich würde ihn sehr gerne in unserer Praxis ausstellen, damit die Kinder sehen können, was passiert.
      Viele liebe Grüsse

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  • 29/01/2022 at 08:06
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    I work in a MRI suite in a hospital. How can we get a mri lego set?

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  • 28/01/2022 at 23:36
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    How can I get one for my MRI department?

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    • 31/01/2022 at 14:35
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      We treat all the Pediatrics for cancer radiation in British Columbia. This would be great to have!! Is it possible for us to get one? Susa

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  • 28/01/2022 at 22:27
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    Would love this for our MRI dept as we have a Pediactric ER.

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  • 28/01/2022 at 21:16
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    I oversee a group of MRI scanners that see a variety of patients of all ages and abilities. Having this for education and distraction would be really beneficial. Please let me know the process for obtaining these.

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  • 28/01/2022 at 21:07
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    I too would love to get one of these sets to use for preparation for our pediatric patients!

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  • 28/01/2022 at 19:20
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    This would be an amazing asset for our child life team at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia MRI department. We have many magnets and would love to start introducing kids to the concepts early so the can try without sedation (and the associated risks) at a younger age.

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  • 28/01/2022 at 02:59
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    How do we get one of these MRI scanners donated?

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    • 28/01/2022 at 16:42
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      Hi This is a great model.
      I’d be really interested in obtaining one of these for our paediatric patients.

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  • 27/01/2022 at 19:42
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    How do I request an MRI Lego set?

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  • 27/01/2022 at 19:13
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    I work at a Portuguese Hospital that has a paediatric center and we do MRI’s. How do we apply for the MRI Lego?

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    • 29/01/2022 at 06:43
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      Hi, I work in Finland. How I could get on model over here? This would be so nice to have one model to our mri unit.

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  • 27/01/2022 at 16:14
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    Hi I am a pediatric radiologist at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Delaware. Would it be possible to acquire one of these sets for our department? Happy to assemble it ourselves. This is a wonderful idea!!

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  • 27/01/2022 at 16:10
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    I am interested in the MRI set for our outpatient facility.

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    • 01/03/2022 at 15:58
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      Please offer this for sale!
      Maybe a small donation for under served areas. These sets will be a hit world wide!
      Great idea!
      ?

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  • 27/01/2022 at 14:49
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    I am sitting in the MRI dept right now at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. My daughter is 8 and we are wishing they had this here for her. We love Legos and this is something amazing for them to do. I wish I could have gotten one kf these to build prior to coming

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  • 27/01/2022 at 12:25
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    How can I apply to receive this MRI set? I am a Radiologic Technologist in Colorado who specifically works with Pediatric patients for a large Hospital associated with Children’s Hospital.

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  • 27/01/2022 at 12:25
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    I am also wondering how to obtain a Lego MRI?

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  • 27/01/2022 at 10:35
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    Hi,
    A new wing is being added to our hospital which includes a MRI scanner (GE) model, we’ve been currently running our MRI for years from an attached trailer with wheels but this new MRI will have a home inside the hospital which will also include a new reception area for patients. I can picture a LEGO model being a showcase as all including children that walk in to our facility.
    It would be an honor for our facility to be selected in receiving one of these designs.
    Many children & adults would have a chance to visually see this model as presented through the waiting room & I find that as a great opportunity to promote & explain such
    An amazing technology. Thanks

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  • 27/01/2022 at 10:29
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    Hi how does this work. I work in a busy district general hospital in the UK for the NHS. Would love one of these for our paediatric patients and claustrophobic patients ?

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  • 27/01/2022 at 10:24
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    Hi, we have a mri scanner for research in a Hong Kong university . Kids are recruited for research studies. How can we get this?

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  • 27/01/2022 at 09:43
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    This would be awesome to show our paediatric patients that come for MRI scans. These kids are the bravest but to have a Lego model would be so helpful and relatable .
    Great idea LEGO.
    John Hunter Hospitals Paed s would love this in Newcastle, Australia.
    Lanelle

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  • 27/01/2022 at 08:17
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    I work for the MRI department at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital
    in Adelaide Australia. The lego MRI unit would certainly make the experience less daunting, less clinical and even possibly something interesting!!

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  • 27/01/2022 at 05:25
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    I would love to acquire one of these for the outpatient MRI facility I work for. How can I do so?

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  • 26/01/2022 at 16:12
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    We are interesting in obtaining an MRI LEGO for Golisano Childrens Hospital in Fort Myers FL. PLease let me know what the process is to obtain consideration. My contact information is [email protected], 239,343,6682.

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    • 15/02/2022 at 18:31
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      Czy jest mo?liwo?? kupienia takiego zestawu? Moja córka uczy si? na technika i chcia?abym jej podarowa? takie klocki

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  • 26/01/2022 at 15:38
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    how does a hospital get one of these?

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  • 26/01/2022 at 04:49
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    Fantastic Idea
    I run a hospital in Melbourne, Victoria Australia and as an ENT surgeon 50% of my patients are paediatric
    How do I acquire and MRI lego

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  • 26/01/2022 at 01:34
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    Hi there,

    I saw the post about MRI LEGO donations and just curious how this works and if they’re actually being donated?

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      • 05/02/2022 at 10:25
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        Beste,
        Wat fantastisch deze Lego MRI voor de kinderen die een MRI scan moeten ondergaan. Past helemaal binnen onze visie om kinderen medische handelingen te laten ondergaan met zo min mogelijk angst en stress. Het zou fantastisch zijn om dit aan ons voorbereidings materiaal toe te voegen. Het zou zo waardevol zijn voor de kinderen in het EMC Sophia! Hoe zouden wij in contact kunnen komen om aan deze LEGO MRI te kunnen komen voor ons ziekenhuis EMC Sophia!

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