CinemaVision for MRI Claustrophobia

Using CinemaVision allows us to consistently deliver the best quality of care safely and efficiently to our patients. Patients forget about their surroundings as they watch a DVD, TV or listen to an iPod, internet radio or an MP3 player. With CinemaVision, we can make your MRI experience more pleasant and still deliver the necessary, high-quality diagnosis.

The goggles are said to reduce the incidence of MRI claustrophobia, a fear of enclosed spaces, in patients who have the condition. For those individuals, having an MRI can spark fear or feelings of anxiety as the test takes place in a relatively narrow, tube-like space in the machine. As a result, some individuals are sedated or become agitated and must be anesthetized. Others refuse to undergo the testing altogether rather than deal with the fear, possibly putting their health at risk.

The CinemaVision goggles have also proven to help fidgety children who are undergoing to procedure to remain still, a requirement for clear images.

"CinemaVision has helped our claustrophobic patients get through their MRI procedure with little to no pre-medication, and has generally made every patient feel more relaxed in the MR environment," says Rob Kilpatrick, director of Radiology at Beaumont, Grosse Pointe.

CinemaVision is available at all three Beaumont hospitals.