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Children's Miracle Network funds cinemavision MRI video

DATE: Tuesday, October 30, 2007

For children, undergoing a magnetic resonance imaging exam (MRI) can be a stressful experience, so what do you do to reduce their anxiety? Get the MRI video goggles.

Marshfield Clinic pediatric patients now have access to the MRI VIDEO CinemaVision Virtual Reality Goggle system, which was made possible through a $40,000 grant from Childrens Miracle Network. Marshfield Clinic and Saint Joseph's Children's Hospital are the only hospital and clinic in the state that currently offer the CinemaVision Virtual Reality Goggle system.

It has been our goal to find a way to help our pediatric patients endure lengthy imaging exams that require movement to be kept to a minimum, said Clinic Radiologist John Warner, M.D., Radiology Department assistant chair. Helping children relax while they undergo MRI exams will help our technicians obtain high quality images and this will help us provide better care for pediatric patients and their families.

Children's Miracle Network provides nearly $700,000 a year for projects that benefit the health care of children in north central Wisconsin, said Patti Shafto-Carlson, director of Development for children's services at Saint Joseph's Children's Hospital. Whether it's a project that provides life-saving equipment or provides support to a child with medical needs, programs CMN funds have a tremendous impact on children and families we serve. To the child, these CinemaVision goggles may seem to be a fun added service, but to the family and staff, it provides support needed to provide relaxation and reduce stress associated with having a procedure.

The system, recently installed allows pediatric patients to view a movie through goggles and listen to the sound through headphones. The system helps a child or adolescent relax, minimizing anxiety, resulting in minimal cancellations due to claustrophobia and reducing the need for sedation.

As child life specialists, our goal is to prepare pediatric patients for upcoming procedures and to assist in providing positive coping strategies, said Heidi Giese, Child Life manager, Marshfield Clinic and Saint Josephs Childrens Hospital. The ability to combine developmentally-appropriate preparation along with viewing a favorite movie during a one-to-two hour MRI can decrease stress and anxiety felt by pediatric patients and their families.???

We are very excited to have such a state-of-the-art tool to enhance our Child Life Services as well as the hospital/clinic experience for our patients and families, Giese added.

Benefits of the CinemaVision Virtual Reality Goggle system include:

More accurate scans and elimination of rescans
Decreased exam set-up time
Reduced patient waiting time
It can be challenging to keep kids still when they are not feeling well, said Randell Kruger, Ph.D., Special Imaging manager and Medical Physics Section head, Marshfield Clinic Radiology Department. Patient movement during an exam will lower image quality and can cause MRI exams to take longer. This can lead to even more stress for pediatric patients. Were very thankful for the support from Childrens Miracle Network.

The systems video quality is much like watching a movie at a theater.

Patients can bring in their favorite movie or we have a selection to choose from, Giese said. For patients who may just want to listen to music, it can also be hooked up to their iPod devices for hearing pleasure.

The CinemaVision MRI VIDEO Virtual Reality Goggle system also features two-way headphones.

The headphones will take out a large part of the noise associated with the MRI exam and allow patients to hear the programs they are watching, Kruger said. Headphones also allow communication between imaging technicians and patients when necessary.

Brennen Olson, one of the first pediatric patients at Marshfield Clinic to use the goggles, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2005. His treatment plan has required him to undergo regularly-scheduled MRI exams.

Brennen gets an MRI of his head and spine with and without contrast, so they can take awhile, said Lisa Olson, Brennens mother. Prior to CinemaVision MRI VIDEO, they seemed to take longer usually about an hour and 45 minutes. Sometimes he would fall asleep and wake up startled and they would need to retake images.

With CinemaVision MRI VIDEO, it made for a much better experience.

This time, with CinemaVision MRI VIDEO, Brennens MRI only took an hour. He so enjoyed this one because he could watch a movie. He told me that the MRI seemed to go by much faster, Olson said. In fact, we asked for the goggles for next time.

The Marshfield Clinic system provides patient care, research and education with more than 40 locations in northern, central and western Wisconsin, making it one of the largest comprehensive medical systems in the United States.

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