Doha, 5 February 2023: Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Clinical Imaging Service has turned to entertainment technology to help patients undergoing MRI examinations overcome their anxiety and fear of the narrowness of the MRI device or the duration of the examination.
The new technology will help ensure MRI procedures are performed with ease and reduce the number of patients choosing to undergo MRI examinations under anesthesia.
Mrs. Mashael Al-Ajeel, Assistant Executive Director of Clinical Imaging Services at HMC said this technology is an innovative solution to introduce entertainment into medical procedures and is considered the latest in the region.
Mrs. l-Ajeel said that ‘The new technology uses a screen integrated into the MRI machine to enable the patient to watch their favorite program or listen to music during the examination.
“they can use special headphones to reduce the noise of the device and at the same time allow the patient to clearly receive instructions from the MRI technician during the examination.
“Using the latest technological solutions and providing them to our patients has always been a priority for us as we continuously strive to improve their experience during MRI by introducing entertainment during the procedure. This technology is the latest of its kind in the region,” added Mrs. Al-Ajeel.
Ms. Asmaa Al-Hadhrami, Operations Manager of MRI at HMC said the new entertainment technology has been introduced into MRI devices at HMC’s Ambulatory Care Center, Al Wakra Hospital, and Al Khor Hospital.
“The new technology aims to increase patients’ feelings of psychological comfort while they are inside the MRI machine as it creates a sense of spaciousness,” she said. “This technology will also reduce the number of patients resorting to general anesthesia to perform the examination and will reduce the risk of procedure cancellation or no-show cases.”