The Imaging Center at the Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center recently opened its new and enhanced MRI Suite. In addition to our two state-of-the-art MRI units, we’ve added a new ultra-high-field 3.0T Philips short bore MRI and a new 1.0T Philips Open MRI.
Ambient Experience for Open MRI
A new, highly-sophisticated projector system called the Ambient Experience has been added to the new 1.0T Open MRI room. The Ambient Experience virtually transforms the room into a multi-dimensional theatre where images such as fish or nature themes are projected onto the specially-designed walls.
Each of the themes has accompanying lighting and music which makes children and anxious adults feel more relaxed and at ease during their procedure.
As soothing music fills the room, the lights are dimmed, and marine life frolics around. Or clusters of cottony clouds dance by. Or fields of wheat wave in a gentle breeze. These, or other larger-than-life images of your choosing, are projected onto the circular walls for relaxation and enjoyment.
The Ambient Experience is a virtual movie theatre which enables patients to choose their own music, lighting and wall images. The Ambient Experience virtually transforms the Open MRI room into a multi-dimensional theatre where special images such as fish or nature scenes are projected. Each of the themes has accompanying sounds and music which reduces anxiety and replaces it with amazement. The Ambient Experience provides our pediatric, adolescent and adult patients the absolute maximum in patient comfort, and breaks down the anxiety and tension levels.
“We chose to include the Ambient Experience with our new Open MRI because it dramatically reduces patient anxiety and makes our patients feel more comfortable. It also enables us to obtain better images because our patients are more inclined to lay still and potentially reduces the need for repeat examinations,” explains Lyle Gesner, M.D., section chief of neuroradiology at Saint Barnabas.
“A simple MRI test can take anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes. Having a relaxing distraction makes the test seem less intimidating to many people, especially our pediatric patients,” explains Dr. Gesner. “Many of our young patients require sedation for a test such as MRI because they can not relax enough and lay still for a long enough period of time. We’re hopeful that the Ambient Experience will enable us to decrease the amount of pediatric sedations that have been necessary in the past.”
As patients check-in for an Open MRI exam, they can choose from a variety of themes. As soon as the patient enters the room, the theme is initiated, and the environment becomes tailored to the patient’s preferences.
About the New 3.0T MRI
The 3.0T short bore MRI produces the most exquisite and highest quality images in a clinical setting, and is especially useful in detecting minute abnormalities related to neurological and vascular diseases. This Philips 3.0T offers one of the most patient friendly designs, with the widest patient opening of any short bore MRI available today, and also boasts one of the fastest scan times on the market.
About the New 1.0T Open MRI
The 1.0T Open MRI is a no compromise MRI, providing you with 1.5T resolution quality on 1.0T unit. The new Open MRI offers the widest, most open design to ease stress and claustrophobia.
In addition, the room itself was designed to create a more relaxed and soothing environment, which is highlighted by the use of the Ambient Experience.
Total Intravenous Anesthesia Now Available
For those cases that require sedation, the Imaging Center will now offer IV sedation. Pediatric anesthesiologists will be on site to administer and monitor all patients under sedation.
Pediatric Blood Drawing
For patients who require blood tests, the Imaging Center will provide laboratory services to pediatric patients to draw blood during MR procedure.
The Kitten Scan
A new miniature scanner has been added to the waiting area to help children prepare for their test. Children select a toy, and place it on an interactive miniature scanner to see why the toy is “sick.”
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