MRI Scanner Site Requirements Desktop Study

EEP are fully conversant with the site requirements required by all of the major MRI scanner manufacturers and offer a full consultancy service to architects, designers and construction companies alike.

 


At the early planning stages of installing a new Magnetic Resonance Imaging Scanner, European EMC Products can carry out a desktop study detailing the site requirements for all of the major MRI scanner manufacturers. We can also calculate and advise on the level and location of the required magnetic field protection, if needed.

The study covers the following:

  • MRI Scanner Location
  • The Routes for Scanner Entry
  • The Limits on the Mass of Static and Moving Ferrous Metal
  • Quench Pipe Routes and Pressure Drop Calculations
  • Vibration
  • Co-siting of MRI Scanners
  • The Effects on Equipment Adjacent to the Scanner

An MRI scanner is an extremely large and powerful magnet and as such is affected by, and affects, equipment and personnel located nearby, and the adjacent areas in the building - above, below and around the scanner, as well as by large masses of static and moving ferrous material. MRI scanners are also sensitive to excessive vibration and fluctuating magnetic fields from external sources, ie electrical distribution equipment. Typical problem areas are near to lifts, vehicles or large steel beams being located close to the scanner. 

Public safety near to the MRI scanners magnetic field is essential. Particularly with a 3T scanner where in crowded hospitals it is normal that a certain level of protection is needed to protect members of the public.

As well as shielding to the MRI examination room itself, the scanner will need a large diameter insulated Quench Pipe running to a safe, external location. The pipe route can be anything from 5 metres to 50 metres long and the route can have a large impact on the building design.

Uniformity of the magnetic field within the scanner bore is critical. It is therefore essential at the early planning stages to carry out a study to check the proposed location will be acceptable for the scanner.

EEP are fully conversant with the site requirements required by all of the major MRI scanner manufacturers and offer a full consultancy service to architects, designers and construction companies alike. Future problems can be avoided with careful pre-planning.

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