It also allows patients to report on levels of pain they are experiencing or exercises they have completed. The reports are instantly transmitted to the patient’s care team.
Verdict: Though most hospitals are not currently able to afford this extent of patient iPad use, it gives us a hopeful glimpse at the future of using technology to inform and educate patients. Of course, even in the future this technology is only supplemental to hands-on caregiver interaction.
iPads to Customize the MRI
A new app called the Caring MR Suite allows patients to customize MRI settings, to creating a more positive experience.
The app lets patients select lighting, music, images, and video to be available during their scan. Patients can even dock their own iPhones or iPods to listen to their own music or watch their own videos, which are displayed on a screen in the ceiling.
Special LED light fixtures and high-resolution displays are embedded in the walls and ceilings of the suite and controlled by the iPad. There is a video depicting the suite on the YouTube page for GE Healthcare, which manufactures the model.
Verdict: While I imagine this is a substantial investment, it's one of the best ways I’ve seen of making what is often a intimidating and scary experience more bearable. Allowing the patient to tailor the MRI experience, it gives them some sense of control back.