Frequently Asked Questions

At PDC, we strive to provide clear answers to your most pressing questions. We understand that the environment you design is critical in providing quality healthcare and a better patient experience. That’s why we offer innovative solutions and time tested products to meet your most stringent specifications.

Caring MR Suite® FAQs

What is the Caring MR Suite?

The Caring MR Suite is an MRI suite designed expressly to reduce claustrophobia and sedation, improve MRI patient experience and improve workflow. With a tap of a finger, patients and caregivers can instantly personalize the suite’s Nature Theme video or movie, lighting hue and music to help patients feel more relaxed and in control. See for yourself here with our Virtual Tour!

How is the Caring MR Suite setup?

Caring MR Suite video options include 65in 4K Ceiling and Wall Video Displays and an HD Portable Video Display for MRI in-bore viewing. MRI LED Lighting options include Illuminated Image Panels,  Image Ceilings and colored LED lighting coves featuring the patient’s chosen lighting color. BOSE® surround sound speakers offer exceptional sound quality. Music can also be integrated with compatible patient audio systems for patients to listen to their choice music with headphones. Caring MR Suites can be customized to best meet your needs.  See Intermountain Cedar City’s custom Caring MR Suite on the news and our Interactive Caring MR Suite to see our suite of options.

What do the Nature Themes consist of?

Nature Themes feature original 4K and HD nature video created specifically to improve patient experience. Themes are paired with soothing music and a lighting hue that can be easily personalized. Visit our Themes page to preview Theme videos and Image Ceiling Themes. Patients can request a music style or bring in music on a compatible smart phone, MP3 player or CD.

Caring MR Suite + GE MRI?

The Caring MR Suite is paired with GE MRI systems featuring enhanced patient comfort features including, but not limited to, a 70cm wide bore, feet-first imaging capabilities and a more comfortable patient table.

How do patients choose a Theme?

Theme selection process varies by site and is chosen by the care team. Caregivers may offer patients Theme options via the Patient Tablet, a Theme Choice handout or any other method the care team chooses. Many teams find success using a Theme Choice handout. Here, patients can use a supplied Theme Choice handout during the check-in process to easily select their Nature Theme, lighting hue and music genre. This method of pre-selecting Theme options in the waiting area gives patients the benefits of personalization, while ensuring an effortless, efficient selection process for caregivers.

What are the benefits of the Caring MR Suite?

Caring MR Suite users report improved patient experience and less need for sedation, less failed scans and less patient movement during a scan, and even patient motion is no small matter. This study finds the potential cost of patient motion to be $115,000 per scanner per year. Survey Results indicate 94% of patients report an “Excellent” experience. Furthermore, 100% of patients who report high MRI anxiety would “Highly Recommend” the Caring MR Suite experience. See 8 Ways to the Best MRI Experience to learn more, and here, learn how one team put their Caring MR Suite to work to reduce anesthesia cases by nearly 60% and produce a payback period of less than 2 years.

How does the Caring MR Suite help patients relax?

The following features play a large role in the Caring MR Suite’s ability to help patients feel more relaxed

  1. Control – to ease anxiety
  2. Personalization – to fit moods and preferences
  3. Nature imagery – to calm and help patients heal more quickly, with less medication
  4. Choice – to enhance positive sensory absorption
  5. Positive Distraction – Studies find just 2 minutes of positive distraction is sufficient to turn the tide of negativity in a positive direction.

Learn more with 8 Ways to the Best MRI Experience.

Who is the Caring MR Suite for?

The Caring MR Suite is for all MRI patients; however, the suite has been shown to specifically help patients who experience anxiety and claustrophobia with MRI. Several Caring MR Suite sites have reported that patients who have not been able to tolerate a standard MRI suite, have had a successful scan with the Caring MR Suite.

Will patients be able to watch the Nature Theme video during their scan?

With our Portable Video Display for MRI in-bore viewing or with procedures where the patient’s head is outside the bore, patients will be able to watch the Nature Theme video for the entirety of the scan.

How many Caring MR Suites are there?

The Caring MR Suite was jointly developed and launched with GE Healthcare at RSNA 2011. Today, there are more than 150 Caring MR Suites installed worldwide, including suites in Rotterdam, the Cayman Islands, Dubai and Ireland.

What makes the Caring MR Suite different?

The Caring MR Suite is the first MRI suite to be able to offer a Ceiling Video Display and the power to truly personalize the suite’s video, lighting and music. The Caring MR Suite is also one of the first MRI suites to offer an MRI in-bore viewing solution. Learn more with 8 Ways to the Best MRI Experience.

Cassette® FAQs

Are the Cassette and Entrée suites modular buildings?

Both the Cassette and Entrée are fully finished, fully relocatable “institutional-quality” buildings that can be used as permanent or temporary structures and later sold or relocated elsewhere. Both are GE performance tested and certified. Both can be leased or purchased to suit each individual customer’s needs.

What is GE Certification?

An exclusive building-design review process followed by a stringent building-testing program to verify compliance with all GE equipment requirements. GE engineers worked collaboratively with PDC to design the optimal relocatable imaging environments called the Cassette and Entrée buildings. These buildings are manufactured under a strict Quality Management System audited by GE to ensure continuous quality compliance.

How soon can a Cassette be built, delivered, installed and ready for patients?

Cassette manufacturing takes approximately 12 weeks. Installation takes only a day. Since the MRI system is installed during construction, magnet ramp-up and testing takes another two to three weeks. In all, you can be ready to scan your first patient in approximately 4 weeks.

Why would we choose a Cassette over a modular building or before our new construction is completed?

Speed, simplicity and performance. Choosing a Cassette eliminates lengthy design meetings, long construction schedules, mediating claims for forgotten work, negotiating change orders and waiting for the MR system to be delivered, installed and readied for scanning. With the Cassette you can be scanning and generating revenue long before your building program would have been completed.

How does the Cassette installation schedule compare with that for a fixed site?

With a Cassette, you can plan on being ready to image four months after signing the purchase order. A fixed site project can take nine to 12 months, or even longer.

What foundation is required?

PDC provides a Site Planning Guide for the foundation and can collaborate with your consultants and designers. Or PDC will design and construct the foundation.

Can I add a Caring MR Suite and Portable Video Display?

Yes. Please visit our Portfolio page to view photos of Cassettes and Entrees with Caring MR Suites.

MRI RF Shielding FAQs

Why choose PDC RF Shielding over other shielding vendors?

Exceptional attenuation, design flexibility, unique long-term performance – installed in as little as 4 days.  Plus, seamlessly and confidently add a Caring MR Suite or our other patient experience products. Learn more with 12 Ways to the Best MRI Shielding and Patient Experience.