October 20, 2011 – Resonance Technology, developer of high-performance magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-compatible technology, will debut at RSNA 2011 an array of enhancements to its advanced CinemaVision MRI video entertainment system and functional MRI (fMRI) product line.

Debuting at RSNA 2011 is support for today’s popular iPod and other portable music devices. Now, patients can bring in their favorite songs on any portable digital device, plug it into the CinemaVision docking station and escape to a world of personalized, relaxing entertainment during an MRI scan.

Also new at RSNA is enhanced resolution for the company’s video goggles, which now deliver visuals inside the MRI environment with a breathtaking 1280 x 1024 resolution. The goggles feature a diagonal micro display of .7, deliver enhanced contrast and brightness and are compatible with an MRI of up to 9.4T in magnet strength. 

The goggles support both the patient comfort and fMRI systems, boast a sleek, low-profile and are crafted of special ultra-pliable material to accommodate a full range of coils.  The headset blocks gradient noise with the highest level of active noise cancellation in the industry. 

This year, the redesigned headset also features a superior quality digital microphone with similar active-noise cancellation and full-frequency range audio to enable the patient to communicate easily with the technologist.

At RSNA 2011, Resonance Technology also enhances its TFT (thin film transistor) video panel/reflective entertainment viewing system that supports ultra-comfortable patient positioning for a full range of imaging exams. The system combines this ultra-high picture quality display with a mirrored audio/video headset for delivering all-digital patient entertainment.  The enhanced display now brings visual imagery to life in 2560 x 1600 resolution on a dual DVI 30-inch digital front-to-back display. The new system delivers industry-leading high-definition video resolution and digital stereo sound from a wide range of digital media and live television. 

Resonance Technology CEO and founder Mohktar Ziarati explained, “The new active TFT panel system is extremely comfortable for the patient and reliable in the MRI suite.  The new mirrored headset simplifies patient set up and enhances the entertainment system’s reliability and flexibility by eliminating all wired headset connections. The new system also can mirror the MRI console display.  If the technologist or radiologist wants to see the MRI patient images in the imaging suite itself, the panel system makes this simple.”

Also new at RSNA for the CinemaVision is a digital MRI-compatible camera system that is mounted directly on the front or rear of the MRI bore and enables the technologist to watch the patient during the scan.

Also this year, Resonance Technology Company further improves funcLAB, its turnkey fMRI solution.  funcLAB brings together brain activation capabilities including sensory-motor, visual, auditory, language and memory tasks and automated fMRI processing together in a simple to operate package. This turn-key fMRI solution is delivered in a small form-factor PC to fit even the tightest MR work space, yet sports powerful multi-core and advanced GPU graphics performance to meet complex 3-D presentations.

Since 1988, CinemaVision has led the market in MRI-compatible entertainment technology. CinemaVision is a unique virtual reality system that immerses patients in a captivating virtual world with state-of-the-art wide-screen video and realistic digital sound.  Along with cutting edge performance, CinemaVision also delivers ease-of-use, patient comfort, ultra-fast set up time and reliability.

Studies have shown that when engaged in entertainment while in the MRI, anxious and claustrophobic patients are better able to complete their exams.  CinemaVision also supports ongoing technologist audio/visual communication with patients during scans. Additionally, technologists can select their own virtual entertainment during the exam process, independent of a patient’s choice, making this the most versatile system on the market.

For more information: www.mrivideo.com

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