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Critical Communications in the Hospital

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In the mid-1980s, hospitals started requesting Clear-Com equipment. They surely did not have a television station or a live concert performing in the facility. Why did they need Clear-Com?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners are used to noninvasively scan the body with magnets. Doctors may order MRI scans to help diagnose torn ligaments, tendonitis, tumors and more. It is the best method of viewing the inside of the human body without surgery. MRI machines usually have a built in intercom system so that the doctor outside of the unit can communicate with the patient receiving the scan. However, even though the MRI scanner was effective at capturing an image of the body from head to toe, the built-in intercom system had horrible sound quality. It was basically useless because the doctor and the patient inside the scanner could not hear each.

With Clear-Com’s intercom technology, the patient and doctor using the MRI in hospitals can speak and hear each other clearly so that the entire test runs smoothly.

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