HMC Foundation helps increase patient experience using cinemavision in the MRI
Hays Medical Center
2220 Canterbury Dr
Hays, KS 67601
At Hays Medical Center, a trip through the MRI scanner just got a little more interesting.
HMC and the HMC Foundation recently partnered to purchase a new CinemaVision system, which enables patients to watch television or listen to music during their imaging session.
"What it does for patients is just amazing," said MRI Supervisor Christy Gillogly.
HMC is one of only two hospitals in the state of Kansas to invest in this technology -- a facility in Topeka also offers the entertainment, Gillogly said.
The technology consists of light-weight goggles and headphones, which do not interfere with the magnetic imaging process.
CinemaVision is a 3-D virtual reality system, which provides for high-resolution visuals and quality sound.
The machine is hooked up to cable TV, so patients can choose to watch their favorite channel.
The system also can play DVDs or hook up to the patient's iPod.
In some cases, however, it might not be possible for all patients to utilize the system during their procedure, she said.
The patient can use the technology to see and hear technologists in the adjoining office, which helps to provide a sense of assurance and security, Gillogly said.
The hospital began using the new technology Oct. 24 and already has heard rave reviews from several patients, Gillogly said.
"We're still learning this system too, but it's so fun," she said. "It's awesome -- the patients are just freaking out."
Already, MRI patients have been tuning into channels like Animal Planet, the History Channel and MTV, she said.
The HMC Foundation also helped fund implementation of two televisions into nuclear medicine treatment rooms, giving the patients something to do during lengthy medical procedures.
The CinemaVision system provides MRI patients with a way to fill the time as they wait for the imaging process to be completed. Depending on the type of procedure, patients can be in the MRI machine anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours, Gillogly said.
The entertainment also provides a distraction and helps the patient feel more at ease, reducing fearful expectations often associated with health care testing, she said.
As a result, the system could help reduce the number of patients who would need sedation or anesthesia before the imaging process.
"We're hoping it will reduce sedation and the use of anesthesia in children, and also just provide a comfort measure," Gillogly said.
The system has been used by patients of all ages, and it seems particularly beneficial to children, who often would have a difficult time lying still, she said.
"Our only complaint is that people watching longer shows don't want to get up," she said with a laugh. "They want to finish their show."