Patient Comfort Systems emphasized clinical benefits of MRI Pads

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Patient Comfort Systems MRI pads utilizing TEMPUR material decreases patient motion during MRI scans, resulting in a significant reduction in both repeat sequences and patient call-backs, according to a recent study presented at RSNA 2006 in Chicago. Repeat sequences decreased by 56 percent and patient call-backs dropped by 50 percent when patients were scanned using new Patient Comfort Systems pressure management pads compared to MRI manufacturer’s traditional pads, according to the company.

Unlike traditional pads, the company’s new table pads, light weight knee wedges and positioners utilize TEMPUR pressure managing materials that conform to the body and deliver a more comfortable exam with a significant decrease in patient movement.

In the study, 200 lumbar MRI exams were reviewed. One hundred were performed using traditional MRI pads, and 100 used the new Patient Comfort Systems pads.  The study found that with traditional pads, 18 percent required at least one sequence to be repeated and 8 percent needed the entire procedure repeated because of motion artifacts.  By contrast, with Patient Comfort Systems’ pads, only 8 percent required one sequence repeated and 4 percent needed repetition of the entire exam.