No longer afraid of the MRI scannerMedical institutions like hospitals, nursing homes and specialized clinics are increasingly relying on intelligent lighting concepts and installations to brighten up the unemotional, sterile hospital environment and their patients’ moods. This clearly has a therapeutic background. People with agoraphobia, for example, find it very difficult to remain inside a magnetic resonance tomography system (MRI) for very long. Nevertheless, practice has shown that anxiety, nausea and headaches occur a lot less frequently in a pleasant atmosphere with appropriate lighting that includes changeable colors on the walls and relaxing music. In fact, in many cases, sedatives no longer need to be administered either. Furthermore, the MRI scan can be performed more successfully and does not need to be repeated because the image quality suffered as a result of patient anxiety. Similar lighting concepts can be used to alleviate fears and achieve better treatment outcomes in intensive care units, pediatric examinations and pain treatment. ”Even the nursing staff benefits from the effect of light and feels more relaxed,” adds Jörg Warrelmann from SCHOTT Lighting and Imaging.
Pleasant light helps people who suffer from claustrophobia to relax, even inside an MRI scanner.
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This division of the international technology group has 40 years of experience in the development and application of lighting technology solutions. Its range of products for the healthcare industry includes everything from modern interior lighting to mood and ambient lighting, light panels and contour and reading lights (see info page end). ”We help medical facilities find and set up the right type of lighting system that meets their needs. Here, our focus always involves using light as a tool for creating moods, instilling comfort and offering guidance,” Jörg Warrelmann explains.
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