Hospitals are rarely a pleasant experience, and even less so for the kids. The New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, however, managed to make it at least a little less stressful, by installing a pirate-themed CT scanner. When the time came to replace the old scan, the staff was primarily looking for one that would deliver a smaller dose of radiation, but ended up improving its design as well.

The young patients of one of the largest children hospitals in the country seem to appreciate the welcoming pirate ship: “There aren’t scary pirates — there’s a pussycat pirate and one that looks like Curious George,” says Dr. Carrie Ruzal-Shapiro, chief of Pediatric Radiology. “The parents have been really positive too. It makes it less scarier for the kids.”

Registered Nurse Naomi Hawkins says the best response she’s gotten so far was “Hurry up and get out so I can play”.