WVU Medicine is making it a priority to improve patient care. The most recent edition is the MRI Sentient Suite at Berkeley Medical Center.

The Sentient Suite gives the patients control to personalize their MRI environment. With a tap on a computer, patients can choose a favorite Nature Theme, lighting hue, music—even a movie. This makes the whole MRI experience more calming, with a less intimidating environment. The suite has been up and running since July, already seeing nearly 240 patients, and it especially aids patients who feel claustrophobic.

“The machine, built by Siemens Medical, allows Berkeley Medical Center to conduct advanced MRI imaging on liver issues as well as brain tumors and pediatric imaging,” said Assistant Radiology Director David Agoney. “In addition, it maintains the largest bore, or hole, size in the market, with the slimmest configuration, making it less confining.”

The Sentient experience offers color-controlled lighting, and by looking through a mirror or using prism glasses, patients can visualize a pre-determined theme—the sides of the machine are virtually invisible, making the experience more enjoyable.

Agoney graduated from Johns Hopkins Hospital school of Radiology in 1979, and has been working at Berkeley Medical Center for 29 years—the last eight in the role of assistant director. Before coming to the Martinsburg area, he worked in and around Baltimore for 15 years.

“At Berkeley Medical Center, the Radiology department has always strived to be on the cutting edge of technology,” he emphasized. “Now that we have become part of the West Virginia University Health System, the growth possibilities are endless. Our hospital continues to strive to meet the needs of the community by bringing in state-of-the-art equipment and the highest-skilled employees and physicians.”

The Sentient MRI Suite at Berkeley Medical Center aims to relieve patient stress while creating an optimal, accurate testing environment. For more information, visit the above links.

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