Podcast: Fear & anxiety in imaging: Psychology meets technology

Stress is not just an emotional response to uncomfortable situations: it is a physical reaction with measurable consequences. In imaging, patient anxiety about diagnostic procedures may impact the accuracy and quality of exams, skewing or delaying diagnosis and treatment. Fortunately, we know a lot about how these factors influence patient responses to imaging – and how we can help mitigate them. In this podcast we talk to Boris de Ruyter, a psychologist whose team has spent decades studying the impact of technology on people and Mary Beth Resimius, expert in people-centered imaging solutions. Listen in to learn about their research and how it can guide more patient-centered imaging.

About the speakers

Marc Kerachsky

Marc Kerachsky
Senior Director, Marketing
Philips Diagnostic Imaging

Prof. Dr. Boris de Ruyter

Prof. Boris de Ruyter

Principal Scientist

Philips Research Europe

Boris de Ruyter graduated as an Experimental Psychologist from the University of Ghent in Belgium, after which he worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Antwerp. In 1995 he joined Philips Research in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, where he worked first as Senior Scientist and since 2006 as Principal Scientist. Beyond his position at Philips Research, Boris is a Professor, by special appointment, of Human Interactions with Intelligent Systems at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. His research focuses on the psychological impact of technological applications on people.

Mary Beth Resimius

Mary Beth Resimius
Business Lead

Philips Healthcare Experience Solutions

Ms. Resimius is responsible for leading Philips’ Healthcare Experience Solutions team in North America. Mary Beth and her team are responsible for developing and delivering strategic healthcare experience consulting services and solutions. Her corporate role at Philips is enriched by 25 years of previous leadership in healthcare administration, strategic development, and experience consulting across clinical care areas including ob/gyn and reproductive endocrinology, orthopaedics, neurology, primary care, and cardiology. Prior to Philips, she served as director of information services and strategic partnerships for The Wisconsin Heart Hospital and senior director within the Corporate Information Services division of Ascension Health. 

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