MRI machines are crucial for any major hospital as they provide insight into a patient’s current medical condition. They are incredibly powerful but are also highly sensitive to outside factors. Patients are also asked not to move while the machine works for the images to be usable.
MRI machines use radio-frequency to create diagnostically acceptable images. The machines use very sensitive RF sensors that can pick up external RF electromagnetic radiation (otherwise known as RF Noise) which can affect how well the machine is able to do its job.
Various common electric devices can cause issues with RF sensors, including computers, motors, mobile phones, cardiac monitors, and more.
Without effective MRI shielding, the MRI machine will be affected by RF waves from external electronic devices. MRI shielding includes shielding the ceiling, doors, windows, floors, and walls. Items that are supposed to penetrate the MRI shielding (such as exhaust, piping, HVAC, plumbing, and power) need to pass through waveguides or RF filters.
MRI Shielding Enclosure Parts
The shielding system is a whole composed of different smaller shields. They all work together to completely shield the MRI machine from virtually all RF noise from the outside.
Lead Glass Pro offers the complete MRI & RF shielding package to protect the MRI machine inside the MRI room completely.
A complete MRI shield is made up of:
- Shielded Walls/Partitions: RF shields most commonly require three main partitions to be implemented, including the parent wall, the interior finishing wall, and the RF shield wall.
- Flooring: MRI exam room floors consist of multiple layers, including a structural subfloor, a protective layer, RF shielding, and various other finishing materials.
- Doors: RF door systems usually come in a couple of different types, including single swing, double swing, acoustic, non-acoustic, sliding, double sliding, manual, and automatic.
- Ceiling: Due to the difficulty of implementing an RF shield directly into the ceiling, MRI rooms almost always feature an additional suspended RF shield ceiling from the structural deck.
- Windows: The window between the console/control room and the magnet room generally requires RF shielding as well. This is achieved by adding two layers of perforated sheets or copper screens.
- Waveguides and Filters: Anything that needs to pass through the RF shield will require special materials and fittings to maintain MRI shield strength and integrity. Waveguides and RF filters are the most common materials for achieving this.
Keep in mind that certain situations and rooms will require magnetic shielding as well to contain the MRI machine’s magnetic field.
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