April 17, 2019

Patients in Motion: How to Stabilize Patients and Reduce Repeat Imaging

Reducing patient exposure to radiation is a high priority for any imaging department. Groups like Image Gently champion facilities that practice safe imaging.

Safer imaging and patient care are a foremost concern for Agnieszka Dziubinski, Manager of Medical Imaging at Manchester Memorial Hospital (Manchester, CT), which is why she focuses on reducing the likelihood of a repeat exam.

“Our goal is to minimize exposure. We don’t want to have to repeat the exam. We do everything in our power to obtain the proper study without repeating the images.”

How do you reduce repeat exams?

To reduce the likelihood of a repeat exam, you must reduce motion artifact. One way to do this is by stressing to the patient the importance of remaining still before the exam.

Agnieszka shares her experience. “By talking to the patient and explaining, they usually understand how important it is to not move.”

But sometimes patients don’t understand, get nervous, or move involuntarily. Other times they struggle to hold a specific position for a prolonged period.

When patients need help staying still

In a 2017 study, Nardi et al studied three methods of patient stabilization: foam headrest, foam headrest with head strap, and a head restraint helmet. Overall, they found that using some form of patient stabilization reduced the likelihood of a repeat exam by as much as 5%.

However, patient satisfaction was noticeably lower among patients who used the headrest with head strap. Patients were not comfortable with this stabilization method. Agnieszka can understand their discomfort.

“[Head straps] are not soft and they’re not gentle. They’re thicker, hard, and they can irritate skin, especially on the forehead. For older patients we were avoiding them because of the potential of a skin tear. If we had to, we’d layer a sheet or something to avoid direct contact of the skin and the strap.”

Reduce motion artifact without sacrificing patient care

iFIX patient stabilization system is designed to increase patient comfort while keeping patient in required position. iFIX ensures stability of soft and hard tissue to avoid undesirable movements during procedure. The disposable iFIX Fleece hugs and contours to the patient anatomy and is held in place by the reusable iFIX anchors.

As demonstrated in the animation below the unique micro-anchors of iFIX Patches and Adapters strongly secure the fleece to ensure optimal patient stabilization thus minimizing motion artifact.

iFIX micro anchors

“Overall our experience with iFIX is great,” says Agnieszka. “For the head it has been successful. I like it.”

She encourages her staff to use iFIX on all inpatients. “To be honest, they would rather use iFIX instead of repeating the exam. And I strongly support that. If they aren’t sure if that patient will be able to stay still they will use iFIX. I would say we’ve definitely had less repeats and potential for repeats since we started using iFIX.”

The iFIX system is compatible with CT, MRI, and Ultrasound.

To learn more about iFIX, contact your Beekley Medical Business Development Manager at 1-800-233-5539 or email info@beekley.com.

 

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Jonathan McCullough
Product Manager



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