CinemaVision: Movies Soothe MRI Stress for Kids and Grownups


MRI scans can be noisy and stressful for some patients — and it can be difficult to keep children still long enough to get quality images. Renown Health now offers CinemaVision goggles, designed to soothe anxious patients while minimizing claustrophobia.

Magnetic resonance imaging, known as MRI, uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the inside of your body to help diagnose or monitor treatment for a variety of conditions within the chest, abdomen and pelvis. But the small machine can cause claustrophobia or anxiety for patents of all ages, who may require mild sedation before the exam. 

Enter CinemaVision: High-tech movie-playing goggles worn by the patient. By removing or reducing stimuli while wearing the goggles, patients are more able to relax and allow the machine to take an accurate scan. Since its recent introduction at Renown, the use of CinemaVision has reduced the need for sedation in child patients by 60 percent, and 30 percent in adults.

“It was a very good experience,” says Sam Lompa, whose son, Wyatt, was diagnosed with petit mal seizures and used CinemaVision goggles for a recent MRI. “We were worried about him having to sit still for such a long time in the machine because he’s a little boy so he’s always squirming and moving. But our son didn’t have to be sedated because of the use of the CinemaVision, so he was able to watch the movie and also hear the technician speaking to him.” 

Twelve-year-old Wyatt Lompa agrees. “The best part of the MRI was the movie.”