St. Mary's increases MRI patient completion rates with cinemavision MRI video
St. Mary's Hospital
MRI video goggles help increase the percentage of completed MR examinations
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
MRI goggles reduce childrens sedation rate from 90 percent to 60 percent!
The addition of CinemaVision has reduced pediatric sedation rates at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, or CCHMC, in Cincinnati. Before CinemaVision, 90 percent of MR patients under 7 years old at CCHMC were sedated. Today, only about 60 percent of this age group receives sedation.
A virtual reality headset makes magnetic resonance examinations more tolerable for patients and reduces the need for sedation of pediatric patients.
As one of today's fastest growing imaging modalities, MR can provide early, precise diagnosis of disease. However, patients may experience episodes of acute claustrophobia due to the confined nature of the magnet's bore and the scanner's loud gradient noise.
A virtual reality headset called CinemaVision helps combat the fear and isolation of the MR exams by providing patients with a virtual world of entertainment from CDs, DVDs and videos delivered through the device's lightweight, all-in-one headset.
CinemaVision's head-mounted display operates inside the head coil inside the magnet bore, with no distortion of MR images or disruption from the magnetic field. Patients can bring their own entertainment or choose from the facility's library.
CinemaVision's advanced virtual environment helps radiologists gain a competitive edge and boost profits by building patient satisfaction. As a result, it helps eliminate canceled appointments and increases scanning throughput.The technology significantly improves the MR experience for children, who typically require sedation during the process.
Usually, virtual reality makes this unnecessary
Young children, in particular, find MRIs difficult and are almost always sedated for exams, said Lane Donnelly, M.D., of CCHMC. At CCHMC, our preference is to create an environment conducive to successful exams and patient comfort, while avoiding sedation whenever possible.???
At St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur, Il., the CinemaVision headset has helped increase the percentage of completed MR examinations.
Since the installation of CinemaVision, only one patient of 80 scheduled for MR procedures was unable to complete the scan due to claustrophobia. Previously, 12 to15 patients over a three-week period would discontinue testing because of feelings of discomfort and anxiety.
The CinemaVision goggles provide a welcome distraction during scanning,said Tim Block, R.T. (R), director of radiology, from St. Mary's Hospital. Instead of being preoccupied by the Scanner's noise and a sense of confinement, patients can now relax and watch their favorite television shows or movies.