Using foam positioners manufactured from PU foam helps the imaging department obtain better quality imagery with more accurate and consistent imaging angles, reducing the need for additional scans, or misinterpretation of the results.

Foam positioners help patients maintain certain positions for the duration of the CT, MRI, or other imaging procedures. Patients are more comfortable and more relaxed, leading to better outcomes. Stabilizing the patient with the correct positioner can also reduce the risk of injury.

Foam is easy to cut into specific shapes that fit different parts of the body. They are available in varying degrees of firmness that provide cushioning support to the patient while making it easier for staff to obtain precise images.

Procedures that utilize foam positioners to help patients maintain position include MRI, CT, PET scans, Mammography and Ultrasounds.

Types of Foam Positioners

You can support virtually any part of the body with foam positioners. For example,

  • Headrests
  • Neck Supports
  • Spinal and Chest Positioners
  • Abdomen and Pelvis Positioners
  • Armrests
  • Leg and Foot Supports

The benefit of foam is that it can be cut using highly automated equipment in concave and convex shapes to support the body during the procedure. Convoluted designs can minimize pressure and improve patient comfort. Positioners come in different shapes and sizes to fit the patient perfectly.

Characteristics of PU Foam Positioners

Radiolucency is the ability of foam to be transparent to X-rays without interfering with the image. To obtain the best results, positioners are made with low-density and low-weight foams so X-rays can pass through easily.

Polyurethane foam’s durability makes it ideal in the field of imaging. The foam is durable enough to withstand repeated use without losing its shape.  To maintain needed cleanliness, foam can be covered so that it can be cleaned with a disinfectant and reused.

Manufactured medical foam is a cost-effective and safer alternative to metal or silicone positioners to easily prevent the spread of infection between patients. It is biocompatible and non-toxic, so it is safe to use on the patient’s skin without irritation or allergic reactions.

Different forms of polyurethane foam offer different degrees of breathability, moisture-wicking, and padding for the patient’s comfort and ease.

Efficiency in Use

Nurses and technicians find foam positioners easy to use and can be quickly set up. They are lightweight and easy to handle. Positioners are available in many shapes and sizes and can be used with a wide range of patient types. Obtaining clearer images reduces the need for repeat scans. This not only saves valuable financial and staff resources but can potentially reduce radiation exposure to staff from doing repeat scans. Overall, foam positioners make the process safer and more comfortable for everyone.

Positioners can also be compressed to alleviate storage concerns.  Storage in hospitals and other facilities comes at a premium.  With 50%+ compression, foam can help reduce the amount of storage required.  And after opening, with just a small amount of manipulation by the nurse or technician, the foam will decompress quickly, ready to use in a few seconds.

By investing in high-quality foam positioners, healthcare facilities can improve patient outcomes, enhance image accuracy and efficiency, and save on the cost of replacing and maintaining traditional positioning devices.

Foamtec Medical is a medical foam manufacturer that can custom or contract manufacture foam positioners to improve your imaging procedures.