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In August of 2007, the CinemaVision 2000 system was installed on two of the MRI scanners at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. The effect that this system has had on patient satisfaction as well as safety has been incredible. Our staff is in the process of compiling data to determine the decrease in the percentage of sedations that have been performed, but from a subjective perspective, there has been a dramatic difference. Our staff has been able to perform MRI scans on patients as young as two and three years old without the need for sedation due to the children using the CinemaVision goggles and headsets. In fact, the two year old patient was able to undergo a scan that lasted an hour and a half due to the use of the CinemaVision! MRI scans are performed at our main campus as well as one of our satellite locations. However, the satellite location uses a mobile trailer for MRI scans; thus, there is not a CinemaVision system installed at the satellite. As a result, when parents have been calling to schedule their child’s MRI scan, they have been requesting to have the MRI scans performed at the main campus due to the CinemaVision system, even though the satellite facility may be closer and more convenient for them. There are fewer and fewer patients that are requiring sedation for their MRI scans, which not only has a positive impact on patient safety but also creates a smoother workflow. Our staff would highly recommend the installation of the CinemaVision system to any other MRI facility to help assuage patient anxiety and claustrophobia, decrease the need for sedation, and improve patient safety as well as table time turnover and workflow.

Sarah, Child Life Specialist, Radiology, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

My name is Linda, I am a mother of a 7 year old boy named Paul. My son was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 2. Paul has had a number of MRI scans which required sedation during each of his visits. His last two MRI’s were very difficult because he has had very bad reactions to the medication required to sedate him. I was told last year that he could not be sedated on his next MRI visit. I was very worried because he doesn’t understand what has happened to him in the past and this next MRI visit would scare him and give him nightmares. He is claustrophobic and I knew that he would not be able to lay still for over one hour. I have worried about this MRI visit for one year.

Paul was scheduled to have his MRI on June 5th and I am very happy to say that because of [Mokhtar Ziarati’s] invention of the video goggles, it went extremely well. He was willing to try it out and watched his favorite video. The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto Canada has been using your video system since December 2002 and it is wonderful. My son was not afraid and he was very comfortable during his one hour scan.

I can’t tell you how grateful my husband and I are to you. We are happy to say that our son has been very healthy since his operation in 1998.

Linda, patient’s mother

The decision to purchase our CinemaVision systems was financially driven.¬†With imaging studies on the decline, we simply couldn’t afford to lose 10%-15% of our patients due to claustrophobia. This technology relaxes patients and provides a distraction that helps even the most anxious patients get through their exam.

I have made 2 MRI purchases in the past 6 months and included, and will always include, the video system for new MRI purchases. We look to make this part of the standard of care across our health system.

Jason Wessel, Director of Radiology, St. Elizabeth’s Health System

Getting great feedback on the surveys about the video goggles at Edgewood, patients are loving them!

Rhonda Haywood, Radiology Manager, St. Elizabeth Hospital Edgewood Campus

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