New MRI and CinemaVision Improve Patient Experience at BroMenn Regional Medical Center (BRMC) Illinois <<click to view
As patients get ready to undergo a Magnetic Resonance Image (MRI) test, it is not uncommon for them to experience a great deal of stress.Anxiety over an impending MRI can even cause patients to cancel their appointment. BroMenn Regional Medical Center hopes to ease these worries with a new state-of-the-art MRI unit and technology called CinemaVision.
An MRI is a test that uses magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed images of inside the body. In order for an MRI to be most effective, the patient is required to remain completely still while images are being taken. An MRI typically takes around 20 to 45 minutes, which can be a challenge to those who have difficulty remaining still for a prolonged period of time.
BRMC's new Achieva 1.5T MRI system offers some of the fastest, clearest images available and allows BroMenn's imaging services to branch out into helpful breast and cardiac MRIs.
The new Achieva MRI is more patient-friendly than the MRI unit it replaced. With a shorter tunnel and a wider opening, it's less intimidating and less claustrophobia-inducing. The Achieva can perform a whole body scan more quickly as well, reducing exam times.
The Achieva's breast MRI capability doesn't replace mammograms, but rather helps physicians get a closer, clearer look at areas of concern that have already been discovered through mammography. It uses a Breast MRI Computer-Aided Design (CAD) system for accurate diagnostics and biopsy localization.
On the cardiac front, the Achieva gives physicians a closer than ever view of the functions and anatomy of a patient's heart, assisting in the diagnosis of heart disease.
Even more exciting for many patients is CinemaVision, a virtual reality system that gives patients the opportunity to watch their favorite DVD or listen to their favorite music. Patients who choose to utilize it can wear the CinemaVision goggles and headset. The image produced gives patients the illusion that they are watching a 62-inch screen from five and a half feet away.
While it is still new, CinemaVision has been making an impact in helping keep patients completely still during the test.
"CinemaVision has really helped with children. It allows them to watch their favorite television show and become relaxed," Brenda Downen, BroMenn Radiology Manager, said.
Other patients who might normally ask for anesthesia to calm their nerves during the test can sometimes find that CinemaVision provides enough distraction to render anesthesia unnecessary.
Patients can bring in their own iPod, which connects directly to CinemaVision, or DVDs to view while getting the MRI taken. BroMenn also offers about six radio stations and cable television if the patients choose not to bring their own entertainment.
Between the pleasures of CinemaVision and the advances of the Achieva MRI, BroMenn Radiology continues to work to provide patients with the most positive imaging experience available.