Amidst the silence, we heard the patient.

You need to hear it to believe it.

Humanizing MR is our promise to change how patients feel, see and hear MR for the better. And when it comes to hearing, we had a lot to do. Typical MR scans can reach over 100 decibels. That's roughly equivalent to the sound of a jackhammer, a speeding freight train or what you'd hear sitting in the front row of a rock concert. As you can imagine, this level of noise can add to patient anxiety. It can cause patients to stress about the source of the noise and interfere with patient and technologist communication.

To help make patients feel as comfortable as possible during a scan, we decided to change the way they hear MR forever. The result is Silent Scan, a revolutionary neuro acquisition technique that makes the sound of an MR scan as silent as a whisper. And better still, we've accomplished this while still providing the excellent image quality clinicians need to make a confident diagnosis.

View the Silent Scan brochure.
View the Silent Scan SIGNA Pulse of MR article.
View the Silent Scan SIGNA Pulse of MR supplement article.

Sight of Silence

Experience the image quality you would expect from a conventional MR scan with a fraction of the acoustic noise.
Images below are Silent Scan T1 acquisitions - Axial, Sagittal and Coronal reformats.

Images courtesy of Spectrum Health
  • Benefits

    Hear the new sound of patient comfort.

    Getting the best possible diagnostic image quality while making the scan experience as pleasant as possible for the patient is the primary goal of Silent Scan. But the advantages of a quieter scan room don't stop there. Silent Scan can offer numerous benefits for all involved in the scanning process.

    Patient benefits

    • Reduced anxiety during the scan due to quieter environment.
    • Quieter environment facilitates communication between patient and technologist.
    • Reduced scan times when the patient is relaxed and more apt to lie still.
    • Reduced incidence of rescans when the patient is relaxed and more apt to lie still.
    • A better overall MR experience. For patients requiring future scans, this can positively impact their outlook on their treatment plan.

    Technologist benefits

    • Less focus on noise means more focus on the patient.
    • Reduced prep times and scan times can be achieved in the quieter environment.
    • Quieter environment facilitates communication between the patient. Less need to repeat instructions.
    • Quieter environment facilitates communication between multiple care team members such as nurses and anesthesiologists.

    Physician benefits

    • Increased patient satisfaction due to a quieter, more pleasant experience.
    • Excellent image quality for accurate diagnosis.
    • Relaxed patients and quieter environment can lead to faster throughput with fewer rescans.

    Facility benefits

    • Relaxed patients and quieter environment can lead to faster throughput with fewer rescans.
    • Elevated patient satisfaction due to a quieter, more pleasant experience.
    • Innovative technology can give facility competitive advantage.
    • Quieter MR scanning room has less impact on noise levels of neighboring rooms.

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