Prism Glasses • Part No. PG-100
Prism glasses sometimes may be referred to as 'Bed Specs'. Prism glasses (or Bed Specs) are helpful in reducing claustrophobia within an MRI scan. Many patients may not realize that they are claustrophobic until they lie down and are pushed into the MRI magnet. They'll usually scream, "Get me out of here" and suddenly you are stuck with a dilemma. If you spend time trying to coax the patient into the scanner, you could waste time and back up your schedule, so all the patients will be affected, and your staff will have to compensate, or hope they have a cancellation down the line.
By suggesting to the patient that they might try putting on the prism glasses, most patients will find that the prism glasses will help them to overcome the claustrophobic feeling in the MRI scanner. They can help the patient to feel less confined, and may help many patients through the scan. Of course, you could always abort the patient scan, and suggest that they come back after getting a prescription from their physician for something that will help to relax them. If patients are able to complete their scan, the prism glasses will essentially pay for themselves very quickly. Most patients find that the prism glasses help reduce their claustrophobia and enable them to go through with the scan. By offering a solution to the patient, you will get high marks from the referring physicians who will hear that you are helping their patients, by providing patient comfort.
In addition to the above PG-100 prism glasses, we also offer another model. In place of the hinge, there is a unique snap-in temple for the left side and right side of the frame. Our model PG-200 MRIwear Deluxe Prism Glasses are specially made for MRI and are completely free of any ferrous material, making them totally transparent to the scan. Our original PG-100 prism glasses have some non-ferrous material in the hinge, that enables the glasses to fold-up. Both styles of prism glasses have optically ground prism glass, and unlike our PG-100, the model PG-200 prisms can be reversed to see in two different directions.
Many patients purchase the prism glasses on their own, and take them with them when going for an MRI scan. This winds up being a great decision, and we often hear back from the MRI scanning facility that they want to order additional prism glasses for each of their MRI systems.