Augmented Reality Turns Scary Hospital Test for Kids Into Adventure

Andrew Ruiz, Director of Imaging Services at Children’s Health of Orange County (CHOC) in California discusses the augmented reality app they are using with children who are having a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. The app creates a beach-theme designed to mimic a day on the beach and therefore ease young patients’ fears about the anxiety-inducing process of an MRI.

As director of imaging services at Children’s Health of Orange County (CHOC), Andrew Ruiz, MBA, CRA, is responsible for the overall direction of the health system’s diagnostic imaging and radiology department.

He has extensive knowledge of diagnostic imaging equipment, project management and processes, and has devised systems and routines to enhance the workflow of the diagnostic imaging and radiology department, making it a safe and healing environment for patients and families.

Since joining CHOC in 2021, Andrew has supported the addition of a nuclear medicine program, rounding out the radiology department’s offerings, and continues to support the growth of CHOC’s interventional radiology services.

Before joining CHOC, he served in a similar role at the El Centro Regional Medical Center in El Centro, California.

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