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January 2018

MRI Shielding Door Frame Waveguide

MRI’s Unsung Hero: MRI Shielding

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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 MR 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 with or without our Door Frame Waveguide – take your pick. See our collection of MRI Doors in action.
  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 what’s coming in 2018
  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

 

GE Healthcare's Caring MR Suite with inbore viewing for best MRI experience

8 Ways to the Best MRI Experience

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Imagine lying perfectly still in a small, enclosed, tubular space for anywhere from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours. You’re attired in a loose hospital gown, unsure of when your scan and its trademark pounding noises will cease. Unsure of what these results may bring.  Add to this the threat of starting over or returning for additional scans due to too much movement. Or the knowledge that these scans will be routine for your care.

For many, the MRI experience is anywhere from unpleasant to frightening to downright unbearable, even inspiring the E-Patient community to create this #firstMRI project. Moreover, this fear and discomfort is no small matter. A recent study found 42% of patients report being fearful of MRI and 1 in 7 patients have cancelled an MRI due to fear. Furthermore a recent Harborview study puts the potential cost of patient motion (and needed re-scans) at $115,000 per MRI scanner, per year. Despite fear and discomfort, for many patients, like Thomas, MRI scans are vital to their health care.

At RSNA 2011, the Caring MR Suite launched specifically to address fear, claustrophobia and discomfort and create the best possible MRI experience for every patient.  Six years later, patient and caregiver testimonials and in-house studies are encouraging, with 94% of patients reporting an “Excellent” MRI experience and 25/25 high anxiety patients reporting they would “Highly Recommend” this MRI experience. But to many, the Caring MR Suite simply looks like a beautiful room, so how exactly does it work to lessen patients’ fear?

Well, let’s break it down with a little Psychology 101.

  1. Control – In stressful situations, like an MRI scan, feelings of control can help lessen anxiety.
    1. The Caring MR Suite offers patients control over their MRI experience, to choose their favorite HD Nature Video or movie, lighting hue and music at anytime.
    2. Patients can also physically take control of their environment by simply tapping a touch pad to instantly  personalize their MRI experience.
  2. Personalization – No two patients are alike, and our preferences, needs and moods are ever changing.
    1. The Caring MR Suite gives patients and caregivers the power to personalize Theme, movie, lighting and music to fit their or their patients’ preferences that very moment.
    2. My Device, DVD & computer integration options ensure there’s content for every patient and empowers caregivers to be involved in offering additional patient content options, like movies or custom Themes. Intermountain Cedar City created a custom Illuminated Image Ceiling, Image Panels and Themes as a thank you for their community.
  1. Healing Power of NatureStudies find that patients exposed to nature heal more quickly and require less medication. These studies also find exposure to nature reduces stress and anxiety while rejuvenating and inspiring.
    1. The Caring MR Suite features original 4K Ultra HD nature videography created specifically for patients.
    2. 4K Ultra HD Ceiling And Wall Video Displays offer the sharpest image quality available to bring nature closer to patients than ever before.
    3. Our new in-bore viewing HD Portable Video Display allows patients to enjoy their favorite Nature Theme video or movie start to finish of their MRI scan – now making the at times impossible MRI, possible. Learn about Misson: M4 and Thomas’ story.
    4. New 4K Virtual Aquariums & Aquatic Themes bring the unique calming power of water and rarely seen aquatic life to patients.
  1. Positive DistractionMatt Killingsworth’s study finds we’re the least happy when our minds are wandering – as they tend to wander to our worries and anxieties. Furthermore, Guy Winch shows how just 2 minutes of positive distraction can turn the tide of negativity in a positive direction.
    1. By involving patients in Theme Selection, caregivers can positively focus patients’ attention on choosing their MRI experience to prevent worry and anxiety.
    2. The Caring MR Suite pre-scan choice options allow patients to be engaged as early as waiting rooms, during scheduling, or on provider websites or social media.
    3. Previewing Nature Theme options  further enhances the positive effects with the benefits of nature.
  2. Sensory Absorption – Studies finds that when you have choice over your environment, your senses are more likely to be engaged in the experience – watching the video, seeing the lighting, listening to the music – enhancing the benefits or nature, the arts and positive distraction.
    1. The CMRS meaningfully engages senses of sight, sound and touch.
  1. Connection – Chronic loneliness, Guy Winch finds, shortens lifespans, increases high blood pressure & suppresses functioning of the immune system. Additionally according to Dr. Vivek Murthy, US Surgeon General, “During my years caring for patients, the most common pathology I saw was not heart disease or diabetes; it was loneliness.”
    1. The Caring MR Suite creates opportunities for caregiver – patient interaction and bonding when choosing the right MRI experience for the patient.
  2. The Power of Play – This NPR TED Radio Hour “Press Play” discusses how play has the power to decrease stress, increase empathy among strangers and improve happiness and well being.
    1. The colorful Caring MR Suite environment, touch controls & near limitless content options creates an environment friendly to play.
    2. Here, Doug Dietz shares how the power of distraction, play & empathy in design improves the pediatric imaging experience with GE Adventure Series.
  1. Less choice, greater happiness – Contrary to belief – more choice does not lead to more happiness, in fact, Barry Schwartz finds it tends to lessen it.
    1. The Caring MR Suite provides flexibility to modify offerings as providers feel fit.

It’s been our pleasure to work with so many fantastic teams working to improve the MRI experience over the years, and we look forward to continuing to strive to offer the very best MRI and healthcare experience to every patient.

Visit our Portfolio to see a sample of our latest projects, connect with us on Facebook and LinkedIn for the latest, and contact us with any questions or ideas to improve the patient experience.