endstream endobj 899 0 obj <>/Filter/FlateDecode/Index[113 713]/Length 46/Size 826/Type/XRef/W[1 1 1]>>stream 6, © 2021 Radiological Society of North America, Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development, Health Care Utilisation: Diagnostic Exams, A primer on medical device interactions with magnetic resonance imaging systems, Expert Panel on MR Safety. However, even though level 1 MR imaging personnel have access to zone IV, they are not permitted to directly admit, or be designated responsible for, non–MR imaging personnel in zone IV. The FDA maintains limits on the maximum SAR and the maximum temperature increase in tissue. If the patient’s eGFR is 45–60 mL/min/1.73 m2, we check for any prior eGFR result to ensure that there has not been a decrease in the eGFR of 10 mL/min/1.73 m2 since a prior eGFR calculation within 6 months or from the patient’s baseline level (if multiple prior measurements are available). Physicists or MR imaging scientists who will work in the MR imaging environment should also be level 2 personnel. Several types of implants may require a waiting period before an MR imaging examination can be performed. A quench can activate building smoke detectors, summoning the municipal fire department to the magnet area. 0000014615 00000 n There are several recognized mechanisms for thermal injury. 0000001833 00000 n A magnet quench can also occur spontaneously, secondary to faulty equipment, power failure, or inadequate liquid helium levels. The local power deposited in a tissue is proportional to the tissue conductivity and the square of the local electric field produced by the radiofrequency transmission system. 1, 18 July 2017 | Scientific Reports, Vol. The sudden large volume of helium gas can act as an asphyxiant, and the fog created from the low-temperature gas can eliminate visibility. All MR imaging personnel should be familiar with the risks posed by any quench. Although these detectors are currently approved only for screening for external ferromagnetic objects, they may be used in the future for implant screening (21). Each test focuses on a potential electromagnetic interaction within an MR imaging system that could be potentially hazardous to the patient or a staff member. 7, The Egyptian Journal of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, 31 August 2017 | Radiology, Vol. Standards for MR imaging device safety terminology were first issued in 2005 and are required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, with devices labeled as “MR safe,” “MR unsafe,” or “MR conditional.” MR imaging contrast agent safety is also discussed. Patients with NSF have acute and/or severe chronic kidney insufficiency (estimated glomerular filtration rate [eGFR], <30 mL/min/1.73 m2), and, with few exceptions, are known to have received a GBCA (44,45). If the medical history is incomplete, recent CT or radiography studies can be reviewed, or screening radiographs can be obtained, starting with the skull, chest, and abdomen. Newer magnets are built to minimize the field strength outside the bore of the magnet, a technique termed shielding. During the examination, the patient moved his leg for comfort and inadvertently pinned the radiofrequency coil cable between his bare calf and the magnet bore. Many manufacturers also publish MR imaging safety information and guidelines for their devices on their Web sites. The Joint Commission recommends the following restrictions to access to zones III and IV (63): (a) restricting access of everyone not trained in MR imaging safety or screened by staff trained in MR imaging safety from the imaging room and the area that immediately precedes the entrance to the MR imaging room (zones III and IV), and (b) making sure that these restricted areas are controlled by and under the direct supervision of staff trained in MR imaging safety. Viewer, http://stats.oecd.org/index.aspx?DataSetCode=HEALTH_STAT, http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/DeviceRegulationandGuidance/GuidanceDocuments/ucm107721.htm, http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/default.htm, http://www.astm.org/Standard/standards-and-publications.html, http://www.acr.org/∼/media/ACR/Documents/PDF/QualitySafety/Resources/ContrastManual/2013_Contrast_Media.pdf, http://www.jointcommission.org/assets/1/6/HAP-CAH_DiagImag_Prepub_July2015release_20150105.pdf, MR. 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Zone I and the strictly controlled Zones III and IV. Safety risks include translational force and torque, projectile injury, excessive specific absorption rate, burns, peripheral neurostimulation, interactions with active implants and devices, and acoustic injury. In some cases, the lot and model numbers of the device are necessary to determine its degree of MR imaging compatibility. ACR Safe Practice Guidelines B. Static Magnetic Field Issues: Site Access Restriction MR personnel and non-MR personnel There are two levels of MR personnel Level 1: Those who have passed minimal safety educational efforts to ensure their own safety as they work within Zone III. 33, No. Resuscitation equipment, including the crash cart, should be verified and labeled as MR safe or MR conditional and sited in close proximity, either within zone II or zone III (5). 0000106478 00000 n The current required to produce such a field is on the order of hundreds of amperes; as a comparison, a high-power microwave oven at the maximum setting draws approximately 5–10 A. If the patient’s eGFR is less than 45 mL/min/1.73 m2, we always perform a new eGFR calculation at the time of examination. 3, Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience, Magnetic Resonance Imaging Clinics of North America, Vol. 0000007360 00000 n At our institution, we incorporate the Choyke questionnaire, which enables screening for all of the risk factors listed above (except age >60 years), as well as for a history of proteinuria and a history of gout (51,52). The 5-G line is marked in yellow for each magnet. 0000069466 00000 n The American College of Radiology has defined four safety zones within MRI facilities. These safety zones were introduced by the American College of Radiology (ACR) [7]. Direct contact burn. h���1 0ð4\k\c=t��՞4mi�. Zone IV.—This is the MR imaging unit magnet room itself and therefore is the highest-risk area. (b) Photograph shows a phased-array coil similar to the one involved in the incident. 0000004122 00000 n Guidelines on appropriate monitoring and management in these cases are provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (56). The force on a magnetic object increases with ferromagnetic composition, total mass, and the gradient of the magnetic field strength at its location. Photograph shows the 5-G line along the floor of one of our MR imaging systems. Modern gradient systems can carry electrical currents of hundreds of amperes. The strong main magnetic field of MR imaging units and the fact that the magnetic field is always on creates important safety issues in and near the MR imaging environment. Skin contact against radiofrequency transmit and receive coils and cables can result in direct burns. This causes a sudden increase in temperature throughout the entire main coil, leading to a rapid increase in electric resistance. 0000055016 00000 n On the basis of the small amount of a GBCA that is excreted and absorbed, the ACR states that it is safe to continue breast-feeding after maternal intravenous GBCA administration. Modern clinical MR imaging field strengths range from 1.0 to 3.0 T, with field strengths for research systems of up to 9.4 T. These fields are approximately 10,000–100,000 times the magnitude of the earth’s surface magnetic field and more than 100 times stronger than the field at the surface of a refrigerator magnet. 4, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Vol. The majority of MR imaging unit noise originates from gradient coils because they are subject to rapid changes in current, which in turn interact with the main magnetic field through Lorentz forces. After completing this journal-based SA-CME activity, participants will be able to: ■ Describe the major components of an MR imaging system as they relate to MR imaging safety guidelines. Also recommended is that caution be used in administering GBCAs to neonates and infants because of their potentially low glomerular filtration rates and renal immaturity. With most modern clinical imaging units, if any one of the FDA limits is going to be exceeded within an examination, the user is notified automatically, and the parameters must be changed so that the SAR limits are not exceeded. 0000008885 00000 n To avoid this possibility, many institutions, including our own, require all patients to change into hospital gowns for their MR imaging examination. Entrance to one of our magnet rooms, designated as zone IV, is labeled with standard signage, including a reminder that the magnet is always on. Health care workers at outpatient facilities in particular may need to prescreen patients before their appointment to minimize this potential delay at the time of MR imaging. Non–MR imaging personnel must undergo safety screening every time they enter zones III and IV and must be under the direct supervision of level 2 personnel at all times in zones III and IV. Magnetic fields ess than 5 Gauss are inconsequential to MRI safety. 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