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Publication Date: 2016-Jun-14
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A technique to communicate with a patient during scanning is disclosed. The technique includes providing auto tactile instructions for breath to the patient. The technique allows communicating with patient lying in a magnet bore while scanning for breath instructions, which are required during some particular scanning tasks. In case communication by hearing is not possible, for example, for deaf and dumb patients, the technique includes putting messages to such patients. Software and hardware collaborate to automate control and allows communication with deaf and dumb patients during scanning.

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The present invention relates generally to scanning services which require voice commands and more particularly to a technique for communicating with patients during such scanning services.

Generally, some particular scanning requires cooperation from patients to breathe in, breathe out, holding breath by following voice commands. The voice command is played by magnetic resonance (MR) console software (SW). However, voice command cannot be used for deaf patients. Therefore, some scanning services which require voice commands cannot be provided to the deaf patients due to obstacle in communication with the deaf patient when such patients are lying in a bore of magnet.

There are several conventional techniques known in the art that relates to system and methods for communication with deaf and dumb people. For example, a conventional technique includes a utility model that relates to a deaf-dumb language converter. The provided deaf-dumb language converter mainly comprises a machine body and a sign language receptor. An intelligent chip, a voice player and a display screen are arranged at the machine body. The intelligent chip is provided with a language synthesis unit. The voice player, the display screen, the sign language receptor and the language synthesis unit are assembled in signal connection.


Another conventional technique includes a utility model that discloses a bracelet type vibration alertness device for the deaf. The device includes a bracelet and is characterized in that the bracelet is internally provided with a vibration motor, a receiving circuit and a control circuit. The vibration motor and the receiving circuit are respectively connected with the control circuit. The bracelet is provided with a light-emitting diode (LED) paster lamp, which is connected with the control circuit, and the bracelet is internally provided with a battery bin.

One other conventional technique includes a smart meditative communication system for dumb and deaf people. The system includes sign language which is used by mute people. The system is used as a communication skill and uses gestures instead of sound to convey meaning simultaneously combining hand shapes, orientations and movement of the hands.

However, the above mentioned conventional techniques are not utilized for communication with deaf and dumb patients during scanning. The conventional techniques utilize either electronic components or prima facie sign language for communication. Such electronic components produce hindrance during scanning and therefore cannot be used for communication. Also, when patient is inside the magnet bore, the patient cannot see prima facie sign language to understand what is communicated to the patient during scanning. Consequently, the conventional techniques are not feasible to be used as communication means for the deaf and dumb patients during scanning.

Therefore, it would be desirable to have a technique t...