Image: The CinemaVision MRI-compatible noise cancelling headphones and video visor (Photo courtesy of Resonance Technology)
A novel entertainment platform helps alleviate the apprehension and claustrophobia associated with a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) procedure by transporting patients to a breathtaking virtual world.
The Resonance Technology (Northridge, CA, USA) CinemaVision is a video screening system that is composed of a headset that delivers symphonic-quality audio sounds and a video eye-visor with twin widescreen displays that help eliminate the fear of claustrophobia during the dark and noisy MRI or functional MRI scan procedure. Users can play a Blu-Ray or DVD movie, stream digital movies from a USB flash drive, connect to wireless Bluetooth device, or use a convenient AUX connection to hook up external audio/video media to the system controller.
The images produced are equivalent to a 62-inch screen viewed from a distance of less than two meters away. Features include a widescreen (16:9) or standard television (4:3) aspect ratio; a total resolution of 240,000 pixels for each of the displays; a 45 degrees horizontal field-of-view; a digital stereo headset with 30 dB noise-attenuating 40Hz-40 kHz range frequency response; a proprietary cordless laser link that transmits the audio-video signal from the console to the magnet room; and compatibility with 3T-rated field strength magnets.
“This device represents more than thirty years of development and state-of-the-art engineering,” said Mokhtar Ziarati, President and CEO of Resonance Technology. “We are confident this product will give you the tools you need for comforting the patient while undergoing MRI or fMRI scan procedures. To maintain being the leader in fMRI and MRI patient comfort systems in the MRI field, we strive to deliver what the customer needs along with impeccable customer service.”