LAHEY OUTPATIENT CENTER – AMBIENT MRI EXPERIENCE
The first of its kind in North America, Beverly Hospital’s Lahey Outpatient Center in Danvers features a new Philips In-Bore MRI and Ambient Experience. The Hospital and Philips engineers collaborated to fully understand the unique architectural, engineering, and construction challenges for the system, while creating a space designed to maximize technology and providing a calming patient experience.
The MRI experience can be stress-inducing for many. Cramped spaces and loud noises combined with medical anxiety led to Beverly Hospital reporting that 10-15% of patients were unable to complete MRI exams. The Philips in-bore Ambient Experience MRI machine integrates soothing music, lights, and imagery both in the room and inside the machine, giving patients the opportunity to customize their experience, and reduce stress.
The MRI room is specially designed to adapt this technology to US standards and integrate it into the patient experience. The team worked to create efficient and seamless storage, to maximize the visibility for the MRI technicians, and to create a soothing atmosphere where technology and patient comfort intersect.