A newly highly innovative Ambient Experience has been added to our 3T MRI room.
This advanced technology positions a video screen outside the MRI, while a mirror attached to the head gear enables claustrophobic patients to focus on what’s playing on the screen and to relax during the imaging process, instead of being anxious about what's happening during the exam.
By integrating dynamic lighting, visual projection and sound elements, with the latest advancements in diagnostic imaging, a comfortable, calm environment is created.
The likelihood of rescans is reduced, with exclusive features such as 80% acoustic noise reduction, voice guidance and a comfortable table putting the patient at ease, enabling smoother and faster scans.
The scanner has a wide 70 cm patient bore (15 cm wider than traditional scanners) and a large 55cm FOC capability which can also accommodate larger patients.
Why did we upgrade from an Open 1.0T to 3T with claustrophobic friendly features?
UME Health recently upgraded our MRI scanner to have a high strength magnetic field of 3T, which has advanced functionality in order to enhance the quality of images in a clinical setting, whilst also speeding up scanning times.
What are the advantages of the 3T MRI Scan compared to Open MRI?
- Higher Resolution Scanning: Our magnets are stronger than open MRI scanners and can easily tell fat and water apart during your scan, which results in higher quality images.
- Faster Scanning of Images: Our MRI system surrounds you with higher-powered magnets on all sides, resulting in quicker scanning for targeted areas and fuller images.
- Wider Diagnosing Options: Our MRI system can diagnose a wide range of problems due to the strong magnetic field and also can accommodate patients who are claustrophobic and obese.
What does the Ambient Experience include?
The Ambient MRI Experience provides patients with an interactive experience, enabling them to choose from different video themes which incorporate music, lighting and imagery inside the room and MRI scanner.
Traditional Scans can cause stress to claustrophobic patients, sometimes leading to inaccurate images due to more patient motion, however, the Ambient Experience makes patients feel more comfortable, and as a result, sit still which often translates to higher quality images.
This environment helps to empower and calm patients.
Mr Mohammad Rana, London
"I visited UME Health for an MRI scan in July. The team helped by explaining how the scanner works and detailing what the experience would be like. This machine was less claustrophobic than other MRIs and the staff were the most helpful, with Shimaa sitting with me during the entire scan to easy my anxiety.
The scan was conducted with the presence of a screen which made me feel at ease and as though I was watching TV so was a good distraction. One thing I liked was their attention to detail in order to meet patients needs. This was fantastic because I was allowed to listen to an audio of my choice which made me feel comfortable. This was appreciated beyond belief."
MRI for Prostate Cancer
"I found the Ambient Experience with the lightening comforting and calming. You did not feel that you were in a medical setting. At all times the team were listening, talking to me and reassuring. I actually was very still so that none of the scans had to be repeated and this was down to their patience, allowing my wife to be with me and the very clear messages telling you how long each scan would be."
Miss Paulette Robin, London
"I would like to say a huge thank you to the staff who carried out my MRI scan. I am claustrophobic and suffer with anxiety. They took the time to talk to me and gave me a test run. I took my own video to watch. The equipment has a mirror attachment to allow viewing which focuses your mind away from the machine.
One member of staff sat with me through the whole thing, giving me re-assurance. God bless her. With each scan you are given notice of how long each will take and before you realize it you are done. I did 3 scans yesterday when I thought I couldn't do one!"
Mr Matthew Suher, Liverpool
"I would note that having the MRI at your clinic was excellent for me a have a phobia about going inside a 'tube' however the MRI at the clinic was an easy experience for me having a larger space being able to see colourful scenes and being able to listen to music were all very comforting I am glad that I got to you just before the lockdown."
Mr Peter Stolerman, London
"I visited UME Health because I needed a head scan, the first I've had to. They helped by being supportive and comforting throughout, everyone I met could not have been nicer. The scan was infinitely better than I expected, I have always had an open scanner and this was my first in bore scanner. The mirror and ability to watch a film not really knowing you were in a bore was excellent and destressed me.
I found the Ambient Experience as above excellent. Very calming. I would recommend UME Health to people who like me need to have an MRI scan, who are like me, apprehensive and are claustrophobic and may not be able to cope. I coped, and if I need future MRIs, this, rather than an open scanner will be my first choice."