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Using Technology for Distraction During Imaging in a Pediatric Population

Marjorie Salas

magnetic resonance imaging, simulation, audiovisual devices, anesthesia
CJON 2015, 19(4), 409-410. DOI: 10.1188/15.CJON.409-410

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) simulation and audiovisual (AV) devices are technological tools that can improve the patient experience during imaging procedures and lead to overall healthcare benefits for patients, healthcare providers, and institutions. AV devices, such as MRI-compatible goggles and headphones, offer the potential to improve the patient experience. These options can be offered to patients who describe negative feelings, including anxiety, prior to imaging. Nurses can advocate for these resources for an improved patient experience.

At a Glance

  • Nurses should offer new tools, including simulation and audiovisual devices, to patients prior to and during magnetic resonance imaging.
  • These technologies help predict if a patient will have a successful imaging procedure and may improve the patient experience during imaging.
  • Patients and institutions stand to benefit from less medical interventions, such as anesthesia, and reduced long-term costs.
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