MRI studies require long periods of scanning with minimal participant movement. The procedure can be an unsettling experience for many participants causing excessive movement resulting in unusable data and lost funds. Special populations such as children, the elderly, and psychiatric participants, are often prone to claustrophobia and anxiety in the bore of a magnet, and consequently have a much higher rate of terminating the scan session before its completion. Some centers that have dealt with these populations estimate a 50%-80% failure rate. With the use of the MRI Simulator (also known as a mock scanner) this failure rate can often be reduced below 5%, minimizing data loss.
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The MRI Simulator provides a realistic approximation of an actual MRI scanner to allow habituation and training of participants in an environment less daunting than a real scanner. The MRI Simulator introduces the participant to an authentic scanning environment, permitting them to gradually become accustomed to the scanning procedure and trained to minimize movements. Allowing the participant to acclimate to the scanner before the actual session helps to prepare them and encourages a calmer and more focused participant, ultimately resulting in more productive scanning sessions.
The MRI Simulator may also be used to quickly train new academic, research, or hospital personnel in an inexpensive, safe and controlled environment.
The MRI Simulator includes: ~60cm bore with tapered entry and flat façade with integrated control panel (Light, Fan, In/Out), lights, fan, speakers & subwoofer, motorized patient table with drag sensing safety stop, manual table release.
The MRI Simulator is designed to fit easily within a 12 foot office space and can be assembled and ready for use within 30 minutes at most sites (no tools required for assembly).
This product is intended for research use only.
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Q: How much space do I need for the MRI Simulator?
A: The MRI Simulator is designed to fit in standard sized office spaces. The specific sitting requirements will vary slightly by model and options, but the Standard model fits easily within a 12 foot office space. An optional compact participant table is also available which allows the unit to fit in a minimum 10 foot space (participant inserted/extracted with knees bent).
Q: Will I have to assemble the MRI Simulator myself?
A: The MRI Simulator is typically shipped as three independent sections (table, façade, bore) which will arrive on locking castors. The sections can be moved into position quickly and bolted together easily using the included illustrated assembly instructions (no tools are required for assembly). At most sites the entire unit may be assembled and ready for use within 30 minutes.
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