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New audio-video technology allows for easier MRI scans

by on March 14, 2013 3:01 PM

PORT MATILDA — With the addition of a new audio-video entertainment system at Geisinger-Gray’s Woods, patients undergoing MRI scans may feel greater ease, resulting in more accurate exams.

Cinemavision, which was installed at the Gray’s Woods location about a month ago, allows patients to view DVD videos and live broadcast television, or listen to music, during a Magnetic Resonance Imaging test. On average, depending on the complexity of the scan, MRI tests can take anywhere from 45 minutes to three hours. The technology has been proven to soothe anxious patients and minimize interruptions caused by claustrophobic patients, ultimately resulting in faster, more accurate exams with fewer re-scans, according to a press release by Geisinger.

Judy Robinson, radiology team leader at Geisinger-Gray’s Woods, said patients wear goggles to view videos, and through attached headphones, they can listen to music, as well as communicate via microphone with the radiologists.

“I think the Cinemavision makes the time go faster,” she said.

Patients have the option to watch sitcoms, movies and even educational documentaries, she said. Or, they can just choose music.

Robinson said Geisinger Medical Center in Danville was probably the first Geisinger facility to acquire the technology a few years ago. The other Geisinger center that uses Cinemavision is Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre.

“I know that we’re the only one in the area that has this,” Robinson said. “It was definitely an investment for the patients.”

The technology can only be used for patients lying on their backs during an MRI, Robinson said. Patients may bring their own DVDs to an exam.

According to Geisinger, Cinemavision is a product of Lexington, N.C.-based Salvadorini Consulting LLC.

Geisinger Gray’s Woods is located on Abigail Lane in Port Matilda. For more information call (814) 272-7200 or visit www.Geisinger.org.



Staff Writer at The Centre County Gazette
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