Technology | December 15, 2014

New Philips Ingenia MRI Enhances Patient Comfort

Audiovisual features help patient relax to improve image quality, increase throughput

Photo courtesy of Philips Healthcare

December 15, 2014 — Philips launched the Ingenia 1.5T S, a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system designed for "First Time Right" imaging and for faster workflow, while enhancing the patient's experience during MRI examinations.

Inconclusive image quality due to patient motion is a constant issue, making it difficult for clinicians to get accurate results in the first attempt. One repeat exam can throw off an entire day's schedule by two to three hours, affecting throughput and patient satisfaction. Ingenia 1.5T S is designed for "First Time Right" imaging, addressing the issue in a holistic way.

Ingenia 1.5T S combines fat-free and motion-free imaging techniques, patient-centric workflow and a unique patient experience during the exam. The system is complemented with the patient in-bore solution, which offers a comforting, engaging visual distraction. It provides patients with the option to personalize their experience by selecting a visual theme to fill the room with colorful video images, which they can view during the examination. This is combined with soothing audio to create an immersive experience, allowing the patient to relax through the exam.

The system also includes AutoVoice to provide clear instructions and coach the patients, while scanner noise is reduced through ComforTone scan techniques. Its Premium IQ imaging, powered by dStream, allows for faster and more robust imaging, while the automated and intelligent iPatient platform provides quick patient setup, allowing clinicians to focus time on ensuring patient comfort.

"The MRI exam's success is dependent on the patient experience: A relaxed and cooperative patient will move less, which benefits the diagnostic quality of the exam," said Anna-Märta Strömberg, radiographer at Karolinska Children's Hospital. "Our goal is to coach and try to soothe and relax the patient with a multi-sensory in-bore experience, so that we can complete a scan faster and more accurately."

Ingenia 1.5T S is the newest addition to the Ingenia product line.

For more information: www.philips.com/healthcare

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