Not Just a Pretty, Caring, MRI Suite

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MRI Caring MR Suite for reduced MRI sedation, claustrophobia and anxiety
Pictured: Intermountain Primary Children’s beautiful Caring MR Suite® – one of more than 15 Caring MR Suites for Intermountain Healthcare.

How to reduce MRI sedation, anesthesia, claustrophobia & anxiety – & have your Caring MR Suite pay its own way in less than 2 years

Dressed up in your favorite color; mood lighting and music perfectly tuned; and breathtaking nature scapes shine just for you. At first glance, the Caring MR Suite may look like just a (very) pretty MRI suite – or as some patients say, a day at the spa.

“We had one patient so impressed with (our Caring MR Suite) that she asked if she could get a massage, her hair done, and a manicure too! Another patient was like ‘Wow! I’m in heaven!’  This past weekend I had a non-English speaking patient who couldn’t tolerate the 1.5T that we have, so I tried (our new 3T Caring MR Suite) and she went from refusing MRI to smiling when she came out. It was great!”

Sebie – Advocate Christ Medical Center Technologist

Yet beneath the Caring MR Suite’s beautiful exterior lies a wealth of research to support your efforts to not only improve your patient MRI experience, but also reduce costly MRI sedation, anesthesia, failed scans and re-scans.

Here, learn 8 science-backed ways the Caring MR Suite works to provide your patients with the best possible MRI experience.

MRI anxiety is no small matter. As noted in our previous post, a recent Siemens study found 42% of patients report being fearful of MRI and 1 in 7 patients have cancelled an MRI due to fear.

Additionally a recent Harborview study puts the potential cost of patient motion (and needed re-scans) at $115,000 per MRI scanner, per year – and this doesn’t take into account sedation and anesthesia.

According to the July 2010 issue of Radiology, an MRI scan with anesthesia can cost up to 10 times as much as an MRI scan without anesthesia. Sedation can increase MRI scan costs by more than 300%. Moreover, this JACR study finds anesthesia to be on the rise within the pediatric population. Yet, despite fear, costs and risks, for many MRI patients, like Thomas, MRI scans are vital to their health care.

For years, we’ve been encouraged by Caring MR Suite techs and owners who have shared qualitative success stories similar to Sebie’s above and Jake’s below.

“The PDC suite is a real hit! Our patients love the option of music and love the viewing display. We used to send away/reschedule an average 4-6 claustrophobic patients a week. In the month we have been live in our new unit we have only rescheduled one patient  to come back with medication. I believe the PDC suite is a big reason for that turnaround.”

Jake – Franklin Community Health Network MRI Technologist

Our own collaborative MRI Patient Experience Study even found 94% of patients reported an “Excellent” MRI experience and 25/25 high anxiety patients reported they would “Highly Recommend” this MRI experience. 

However, until recently we did not have quantitative data to demonstrate the Caring MR Suite affect on MRI sedation, anesthesia cases, claustrophobia, productivity and ROI – and the results are more encouraging than we could have hoped for.

Here, learn how one Caring MR Suite helped reduce anesthesia cases by nearly 60% and paid for itself in just over a year.

See MRI Case Study here

What best tips have you found to reduce MRI sedation and improve the MRI experience? Any tips to improve MRI patient experience?

We are always looking to improve our Caring MR Suite patient experience and would love to hear from you on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or by email.

Want to learn more about Caring MR Suite options? Start with our interactive page to explore core options, including integrated MRI RF Shielding – even contact us to create a custom suite, like Intermountain Cedar City’s Caring MR Suite!

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12 Ways to the Best MRI Shielding & MRI Experience

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Often, the shiny new MRI systems and Caring Suites of the world get all of the glory.  This post goes out to MRI’s unsung and unseen hero, without which, your MRI system and Caring Suite could not succeed: your MRI Shielding.

With all the time, effort and thought put into choosing your MRI system and suite design, we’d like to help make choosing your MRI Shielding a little easier.

So, why choose PDC MRI Shielding?

  1. Superior Attenuation: Meet or exceed all MRI vendors’ RF attenuation specifications. Download the Attenuation Chart
  2. Longterm Performance: Eliminate risks of RF leaks at panel-joint failures. Resist oxidation and corrosion and ensure long-term conductivity. Download the Accelerated 20-Year Cycle Test Results.
  3. Rapid Installation: Complete in as little as 4 days.
  4. Design Flexibility: Lightweight, flexible MRI RF Shielding installs directly over inside wall surfaces requiring minimal wall space and conserving valuable floor space compared to panel-type RF Shielding. Corners, soffits, sloped ceilings? Easily shielded without significant additional cost. Last minute design changes? Easily accommodated, without additional costs and delays.
  5. More Time & Cost Savings: Reduce product and installation cost compared with panel-type MRI shielding. Eliminate large storage areas and related hassle.
  6. Our Technicians: The true stars of the show. We pride ourselves in having what we consider to be the best MRI Shielding team and service in the business, with many RF technicians having been with PDC’s MRI Shielding team for 10+ years. Hear from our customers
  7. MRI RF Doors: Fingerless, leak-free, trouble-free MRI doors are another source of pride, and they keep getting better. Auto, semi-auto, all-glass, conventional, touch-controlled and now with all new Privacy Glass and Door Frame IV Waveguide options. See our collection of MRI Doors in action – and take your pick. 
  8. The Caring MR Suite: Looking to improve your MRI experience?  Seamlessly add on a Caring MR Suite or custom patient experience options to offer what we strive to make the best patient MRI experience available.
  9. MRI LED Lighting: Say goodbye to artifact-inducing incandescent bulbs and hello to the our MRI LED light bulbs, installed in as little as 90 minutes and 3 simple steps.
  10. All the Best New Extras:  We are always innovating, striving to offer the best MRI solutions available. See the Caring MR Suites in action
  11. Plus the All-Time Hits: Can’t wait to start scanning?  Check out our relocatable Cassette and Entrée suite buildings, built at PDC, delivered, installed and patient-ready in as little as 4 months.
  12. Trust: PDC began as a small MRI Shielding company just as MRI was hitting the commercial market. Then and today, our MRI Shielding is at the core of everything MRI we do.

Visit our MRI Shielding page and Portfolio to learn more. Questions? Contact Matt Boesel

PDC has been great to work with, listening to ideas for improvement, and acting quickly to make them reality. Patients love the room, and even the technologists have commented on how much more relaxed they are at work…I really appreciate all you guys do to work with us. You are truly the definition of customer service.”

– Gregg Stout – Dixie Regional Medical Center, Imaging Systems Manager, Southwest Region

Caring MR Suite returns to RSNA

It’s the best time of the (imaging) year! (#RSNA17 – it’s here!)

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That’s right, it’s that time of the year again (RSNA) and our team has been hard at work crafting new products to deliver enhanced imaging patient experience, safety and workflow – and a booth to try it all, just for you.

See us in the North Hall Booth 7727 to experience your favorite new Caring MR Suite 4K Nature Theme, LED lighting hue and music.  See how, for the first time, your team or patient’s loved one will no longer be a voice over audio. With our new MRI in-bore visual communication features, your team or patient’s loved one can help coach your patient through their MRI.

Experience how we take care of your team too, ensuring workflow efficiency with artifact-fighting LED light bulbs, injection procedure spotlights and fingerless, effortless auto RF Doors, Door Frame Waveguides and RF Privacy Glass. See how our lightweight, flexible MRI RF Shielding offers design flexibility, long-term performance and speedy installation, at a lower cost than alternative methods.

For our current Caring MR Suite customers, learn how easy it would be to add in-bore viewing, or expand your patient experience to other imaging modalities and healthcare spaces with Virtual Aquariums, Windows, Illuminated Image Ceilings – and ask our team how we can personalize design and Themes just for you.

We can’t wait to meet you at #RSNA17.

*Can’t make the show? Explore our interactive Caring MR Suite and contact us to discuss your needs!