News Release 14-002
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 21, 2014
Contact: Janelle Bossuot
NEW VIDEO GOGGLES HELP PATIENTS RELAX DURING MRI EXAMS
Watertown, New York ----- Imagine being able to watch your favorite movie during an MRI. This is now a reality for patients at Samaritan Medical Center with the new Cinemavision MRI video from Resonance Technology. These innovative "goggles," accompanied with MRI safe headphones, immerse patients in a video of their choice and ultimately help patients remain calm during the noisy MRI scan. This will allow technicians to obtain better imaging results without the use of sedation or anesthesia.
"Our hope is that this technology will decrease the number of instances in which we have to give our patients sedatives," said Cicero Holmes, Director of Imaging Services at Samaritan Medical Center. "MRI tests can make some patients feel anxious, and we want to do our best to put them at ease and provide the best experience possible during their exam."
The MRI goggles produce a video image similar to what a person would experience from a five foot display set while standing ten feet away. So the image will appear as if it is being projected from a distance to prevent any feelings of claustrophobia. Patients will have the option to view a pre-selected video. Additionally, the MRI technician can communicate via a microphone and project a video image of themselves in the goggles so the patient can see and hear the technician.
Adults and children who suffer from claustrophobia or anxiety during MRI examinations will benefit from the use of the goggles. According to a study in Applied Radiology, the use of these goggles will reduce the need to sedate children younger than seven-years-old during MRI exams by 35 percent.
The Cinemavision MRI video goggles have been installed in the Medical Center’s traditional MRI suite and the new mobile Open MRI.
Samaritan Medical Center is the first in Northern and Central New York to offer this new and innovative technology.