Published on June 20, 2017

Altru to Offer Anxiety-Reducing Audio-Video Technology for Patients Undergoing MRI Scans

Grand Forks, N.D. – Altru Health System is the first in the state of North Dakota to offer Cinemavision to its patients undergoing MRI scans. Cinemavision, which allows patients to watch and listen to a movie during an MRI scan, reduces the need for sedation for children as young as age four through teens, who may feel anxious or claustrophobic during the scan. Without sedation, risk is reduced for the patient as well as overall cost of the scan. 

“Pediatric patients sometimes have to stay perfectly still for up to two hours during the scan,” explains child life specialist, Melissa Swenson. “This can be difficult for kids and parents alike. Many kids need to come back for MRI scans multiple times; we’re hopeful the Cinemavision technology will improve the overall patient experience.” 

The Cinemavision was purchased through funds raised at Altru’s Gala 2016, benefiting Altru’s Child Life Program. Altru employs one child life specialist who helps up to 2,500 children per year cope with difficult medical situations.

About Altru Health System

Altru Health System is a community-owned, integrated system with an acute care hospital, a specialty hospital, more than a dozen clinics in Grand Forks and the region, and a large home care network. It employs nearly 200 physicians and 4,000 staff and has an annual net operating revenue of more than $549 million. As the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Altru’s providers have access to clinically integrated tools extending Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise to patients.