Breathing is a life supporting bodily process that can happen both consciously and unconsciously. We can easily control our breathing by focusing on it to increase or decrease its frequency. It is also possible to hold one’s breath for a short while inhaling or exhaling. The breathing rapidly affects different processes of the body, such as pulse and bodily stress. By breathing correctly it is possible to improve one’s quality of life. For some, however, it controlling the breathing is difficult, since it requires focus. For some medical examinations, we are asked to use breathing actively, for instance by holding the breath, for examinations such as MR, Computed Tomography (CT), projectional radiography or radiation therapy. For some people, this is a difficult and stressful experience, in particular for children, who find it difficult to understand how and why they must hold their breath. In addition, small children do not possess the advanced bodily awareness required for keeping still and holding their breath. Today, most treatments in hospitals, where breathing needs to be controlled, breathing exercises are carried out with a voice telling the patient how to perform these exercises. In particular, children and patients with a foreign native language may have difficulties following these exercises. In those cases it would be more satisfying to have a screen showing the breathing and the effect of it directly. Children under the age of six, who have to undergo an MR examination, will first have an initial try in the MR camera. If the child shows difficulties being still inside the camera, or if it feels uncomfortable, the child will be offered anesthesia for the examination.
At Savantic, we believe that if the child would have something else to focus on, during such examinations, the number of cases were anesthesia is needed would drastically be reduced. The examination would be an exciting experience instead of being uncomfortable and stressful. The Savanda experience could be used not only at MR and CT examinations, but also for radiation therapy.