Let’s face it: getting an MRI scan can be an uncomfortable process. The loud noise of the machine and the tiny space inside can unsettle just about any patient. Not to mention, the consequences of having an antsy patient inside the MRI are costly.
What is a motion artifact?
Motion artifacts are distortions or blurs in the MRI scan that make it difficult for physicians to interpret the information they need. These occur when the patient does not remain still during the MRI scan, which can happen when the patient is uncomfortable or anxious.
In the event of a motion artifact, physicians almost always ask for MRI techs to take the patient through another MRI scan.
“Correcting for motion artifacts can extend the time (and possibly increase patient discomfort) associated with an MR examination, which affects patient and provider time, hospital cost and other resources associated with imaging,” said Jalal B. Andre, MD, who researched motion artifacts in a 2015 study published in theJournal of the American College of Radiology. Dr. Andre and researchers found that, in 2015 alone, patient motion during MRI scans was costing healthcare providers an additional $115,000 per year.
How common are motion artifacts?
In the study conducted under Dr. Andre, MRI examination data was analyzed at one imaging center running 1,238 sequences over the course of one week. Of that number, 68 sequences were repeated, affecting approximately 20 percent of all patients. The authors explain that technologists often redo sequences due to detected motion, because it can substantially affectthe quality and accuracy of the exam. However, this has negative side effects of its own. Unfortunately, motion artifacts are all too common of a problem for imaging centers worldwide.
Motion artifacts are too costly and too common. In our experience at Sound Imaging, many MRI technologists say they need to know in real time whether or not their patients are too uncomfortable inside the machine. With this kind of knowledge, they say, MRI techs are able to halt the examination before finding motion artifacts too late.
Almost all MRI machines are indeed fitted with a built-in microphone and speaker, so that the MRI tech and patient can speak to each other throughout the examination. This allows the tech or physician to discern in real time the comfort and safety of the patient.
There’s Still Another Problem
MRI machines are loud and one of the primary factors why patients become uncomfortable. MRI machines, on average, emit a noise level of 110 decibels, which is the same as a rock concert or steel mill and can reach as high as 118 decibels. However, with long enough exposure, 85 decibels can create hearing issues. Therefore, due to the noise, standard two-way communication devices in MRI machines limit the ability of the patient and technologist to communicate efficiently.
That’s where we come in.Sound Imaging has developed revolutionary technology to allow two-way communication during MRI examinations leaving no second-guessing for the MRI tech or, more importantly, the patient.
Sound Imaging’s Bi-Directional system allows for quick, clear communication between the MRI room and the technologist. With a headset that eliminates environmental sounds, doctors and patients can talk one-on-one from the control room. With the optional intercom connection, communication is possible from inside the MRI room as well.
The Bi-Directional system has many advantages:
Easy setup, in as little as five minutes
Two modes: Headset and Intercom
The Bi-Directional is a needed addition to your MRI stereo system. Don’t have an MRI stereo system? Sound Imaging offers a Premier Package including a touchscreen tablet, dual high-quality Bose®speakers, a custom-built amplifier and, of course, the Bi-Directional communication system.
What are the advantages of the Bi-Directional?
increases patient comfort and safety
reduces the number of motion artifacts
decreases the number of costly rescans
cuts the cost of MRI examinations
What is the price?
Rates for the Premier Package MRI Stereo start at $4,899, currently the lowest price in the industry. If you can find a lower rate somewhere else, tell us and we will do our best to beat it. Because, at Sound Imaging, we guarantee the lowest prices combined with the highest quality and fastest turnaround.
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