Entertainment Technology Eases Patients

“My first MRI I was shocked to realize I have extreme claustrophobia. I immediately thought I was suffocating,” said Monte Ward, senior vice president, chief financial officer and a patient at Cabell Huntington Hospital (CHH). “I wanted so badly to hit the panic button. I would take a deep breath, but quickly panic again.”

When it comes to getting a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) test, those feelings aren’t uncommon. The Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI) estimates that during an MRI, four out of 10 patients express concern. An MRI Imaging scanner uses magnetism and radio waves to produce remarkably clear pictures of the inside of the head, spine or other body parts. Tests can be lengthy in time and require the patient remain still to capture the clearest quality images. 

To help ease anxiety and promote calm patients can now watch a movie or listen to their favorite music using the state-of-the-art Cinemavision MRI-compatible entertainment system during their test.

“Patients forget about their surroundings as they watch a DVD, TV or listen to an iPod, internet radio or an MP3 player,” said Stacy Davis, assistant director of Radiology at CHH. “Studies have shown that MRI entertainment helps soothe anxious patients and minimize the claustrophobia that can disrupt exams. The result is often faster and more accurate exams and less time-consuming re-scans—leading to better and faster diagnoses.”

The Cinemavision system delivers sharp, realistic audio-video entertainment. Patients can bring their favorite DVD or CD or choose from a variety of options in Radiology. 

Isaiah McGlothin, 10, used Cinemavision during his second MRI at CHH. His comment after his test was, “This is crazy! Way better than the first time.”Patient 2

The purchase of the Cinemavision entertainment system was made possible by a donation from Radiology, Inc. of West Virginia.

“As a father of five, I know what a challenge it can be to require a 9-year-old to remain still for an extended period of time,” said Peter Chirico, MD, Radiology Inc. “With the Cinemavision goggles, such a procedure becomes less risky and less costly by removing the need for anesthesia to perform such a procedure.”

For more information about outpatient testing at Cabell Huntington Hospital, please call 304.526.2122.