The Vantage Titan’s patient-focused features significantly improve patient comfort and increase the range of patients who can be imaged with MR. The open bore provides a greater feeling of openness for the patient, and Toshiba’s patented Pianissimo technology dramatically reduces acoustic noise, the most significant cause of patient discomfort during an MR exam.

The Vantage Titan MR system also takes advantage of Toshiba’s proprietary, contrast-free MRA techniques – Fresh Blood Imaging (FBI), Contrast-free Improved Angiography (CIA), Time-Spatial Labeling Inversion Pulse (Time-SLIP) and Time and Space Angiography (TSA). Contrast-free imaging is particularly important because gadolinium, the most common contrast agent used for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) exams, has been directly linked to a sometimes-fatal disease that occurs in patients with renal insufficiency, called Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF) or Nephrogenic Fibrosing Dermopathy (NFD).

In addition to the Vantage Titan MRI, ACMC also offers the Sentient Suite from Sentient, an innovative, calming and stress-relieving approach to diagnostic imaging suite design. The Sentient Suite Patient Experience reassures, coaches and relaxes a patient who is about to undergo a medical scan, such as a MRI. The Sentient Suite creates a whole new approach to the scanning room—one that is designed from the patient’s point of view and give total control back to the patient over the environment.

Medical testing from the patient’s perspective

Until now, serious medical testing has taken place in sterile, non-aesthetic environments. Diagnostic imaging is inherently anxiety producing. The new Sentient Suite provides a positive distraction for the patient with self-selected lighting, images and audio designed to reassure, coach and relax the patient.

Innovative design reassures patients

Patients are able to choose from several different Sentient Nature Themes, or Blue Ray DVD’s, which help the them feel more calm and in control during the scan. Using pleasant or familiar images to engage patients in the testing environment provides the right amount of positive distraction so they are more at ease during the scan, yet can still follow the technician’s instructions. The Sentient Suite greatly helps claustrophobic patients and children typically require less sedation; adults find the positive distraction helps ease anxiety.

“The Sentient Suite has positive benefits for patients and staff alike,” said Phillip Gilmore, Chief Executive Officer, Ashley County Medical Center . “We at Ashley County Medical Center are pleased to be able to offer to the community.”