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Audeze and SMRT Image announce breakthrough headphones to improve patient comfort during MR scans

Press releases may be edited for formatting or style | August 02, 2021 MRI

User-Centric design:

The SMRTImage team worked with a variety of MRI labs to refine the design of the headphones to be compatible with the majority of scanners and exams - usable with body coils, surface coils, and some head coils. The Audeze/SMRT over-the-ear models provide state-of-the-art passive and active noise reduction techniques. Audeze's new CRBN films are very versatile, and can be used to create transducers of different sizes including smaller headphones that fit smaller heads of pediatric patients.

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"CRBN headphones was a chance for us to make headphones that have a purpose and measurable social impact," says Audeze CEO Sankar Thiagasamudram.

The CRBN headphones are integrated into the Lumica AV system from SMRTImage that provides images and movies in addition to audio and communication options, resulting in a fully-immersive audiovisual experience that is both comforting and distracting for the anxious MRI patient.

"What we set out to do at SMRT was create a tranquil patient experience within a very hostile environment," says Tylor Garland, CEO of SMRT Image. "Our ability to produce a hi-fi AV product that is MR compatible, and which a patient can comfortably wear over the course of a long scan in a confined environment, was very tricky. We were lucky to find Audeze to help us with our solution," he added.

A recent study, reported by Dr. Lawrence Tanenbaum of RadNet, has demonstrated the effectiveness. In a controlled survey study of 295 imaging subjects, using scanners from both Siemens and General Electric, patients reported significant improvements in their Comfort, Anxiety, and overall experience. Remarkably, when using the Lumica AV System, these same patients even reported decreases in the perceived exam duration.


About Audeze
Founded in 2008, Audeze is an award-winning premium technology company engineering the world's most advanced audio solutions. Focused on science, innovation, and craftsmanship, Audeze's precision audio extends from proprietary planar magnetic drivers and custom engineered transducers, to pristine sound reproduction and highly-unique audio-centric applications. From discerning audiophiles to Grammy-winning recording engineers, top esports athletes to specialized medical facilities, Audeze has become one of the most respected audio companies in the world.

Audeze is proudly owned and operated in the USA, designed and engineered in California.


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