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mri claustrophobiaThere is a surprisingly high rate for ‘unexpected events’ during the MRI scan procedure; about 1 in 6 cases have an unexpected event. What do unexpected events mean and why is this important?

The research published in this month’s Journal of American College of Radiology states the rate of unexpected events during an MRI scan process is at about 17%. According to the study, unexpected events are categorized into a number of categories: problems with orders/scheduling; delayed scans; foreign bodies; non-contrast related patient events; contrast related patient events; and technical issues. 

The most common unexpected event was non-contrast related patient events, which related to events when the patient was: claustrophobic, moving too much, or general patient discomfort during the scan. 

This is significant news for the MRI field. Great lengths are still needed to make the MRI experience better for patients. This is not only for their satisfaction, but also make sure the best possible healthcare is provided. 

At Sound Imaging, we have an answer for some of these unexpected events.

Our line of MRI Accessories addresses not only patient comfort but patient safety as well. MRI Visors, the portable video goggle system, and MRI Stereo, the two-way communication music device, are excellent tools to ease patient discomfort and anxiety. To address patient motion, look to our SAMM MD, the MRI camera system with motion detection that can even pause scans if motion is detected. Make your MRI patient experience the best.

This is an adapted article. To read more on this study, visit this JACR article. Picture is from this online photo

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