Getting a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan can be stressful, but patients in need of one at Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks (VHSO) will now have a different experience thanks to the installation of a Philips Ingenia 1.5T Omega.
The Philips Ingenia 15.T Omega is the new MRI machine for Veterans at the VA Health Care System of the Ozarks.
Approximately 40% of patients experience a medium to high level of stress during an MRI exam. This stress often leads to exam intolerance, aborted procedures and straight refusals.
The Philips Ingenia 1.5T Omega produces an ambient experience that aims to reduce this stress on patients while undergoing an MRI exam.
Reduces stress, increases efficiency
The Omega improves patient satisfaction and increases efficiency by having fewer exams to reschedule with a physician-prescribed sedative.
Its display shows a peaceful, serene scene of their choosing with calming background sounds to help soothe their mind and take the focus from the typical loud MRI sounds while staring at a blank space wondering “How much longer will this take?”
Veteran and VA employee Louis Martin chose a South American scene and watched palm trees sway, coconuts fall and boats sail by during his most recent MRI.
“I got an MRI last week and it was extremely calming before it even started,” he said. “Watching the ambient light change made me completely relaxed.”
More room inside scanner than older machines
The new scanner has been redesigned to maximize available space inside the scanner, providing more room than the older machines.
The new digital interface leads to better images acquired in a shorter scan time, and the high output gradient amps provide for better images.
With enhanced technology, VA Ozarks strives to offer Veterans the best care available – and for years to come.
Crystal Davis is a public affairs officer at the Fayetteville VA Medical Center.