New Video Glasses Reduce Patient Anxiety in IR Procedures

Video glasses worn by patients undergoing interventional radiology procedures help reduce anxiety without disruption to medical staff

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Video glasses worn by patients help reduce anxiety during treatment.

According to an article published on the Radiological Society of North America’s website, new research from the University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, N.Y. shows that patients undergoing interventional radiology procedures who wore video glasses showing television and movies were less likely to have high anxiety after their IR procedures. The study also showed that the glasses did not interfere with medical staff or the procedure itself. Researchers selected 49 patients, both male and female, who were undergoing a variety of IR procedures. Of those selected, 25 used the video glasses and 24 did not. Patients were asked to complete a standard 20-question State-Trait Anxiety Inventory Form before and after the procedures to assess anxiety levels. Adam Fang, M.D. and co-author of the study, said, “We think this technique can be used to reduce anxiety and actually be applied safely in a variety of IR procedures without disturbing the physician or support staff. It can be used to improve the patient experience and overall satisfaction.”

To read the full article on the RSNA website, click here.

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