Use the following MRI site planning check list as a site planning reference for key aspects to consider when designating an imaging facility for an MRI.

 

PRIMARY MRI AREAS

 

Exam Room
Control Room
Equipment Room (power supplies and RF equipment)
Cryogen Storage
Reading Room

MRI SITE PLANNING CHECKLIST

SECONDARY MRI AREAS

 

Quality Control and Service
Patient Preparation and Emergency Procedure Space
Restrooms
Reception and Waiting Area
Storage
Soiled and Clean Utility

 

ADDITIONAL AREAS (can be shared area or remote from the MRI)

 

Administrative and Conference Space
Additional Storage
Offices

 

MAGNETIC FIELD HOMOGENEITY PROTECTION

 

Amount of Steel Shielding at Location
Structural Iron and Steel
Symmetrical Location of Ferrous Structures or Objects
Moving Ferrous Objects (elevators, vehicular traffic, lift trucks, etc.)

 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONmri_siteplanning_shielding

 

Three Dimensional Survey of Magnetically Sensitive Devices & Equipment
Acceptable Distance from Center of Magnet (will depend on magnet field strength & shielding design)

 

RADIOFREQUENCY SHIELDING

 

Appropriate RF Shielding (based on site survey and OEM specifications)
Avoid Light Dimmers & Fluorescent Lighting Ballasts in Magnet Room

 

CONSTRUCTION & ACCESS

 

Equipment Transportation (access for unloading and installation)
Access for Cryogens & Cryogen Venting (normal and quench)
Floor Levelness & Ceiling Heights
Well Controlled Access to Magnet Room and Facility

 

FACILITY ENVIRONMENTmri_siteplanning_01

 

Air Conditioning (controlled temperature in scan room)
Electrical Supplies
Water Supply & Floor Drains
Chilled Water Supply
Fire Hazards and Safety (no sprinklers or non-ferrous extinguishers)
Housekeeping (no ferrous cleaning supplies)
Personnel Protection (metal detection routines are recommended)

 

 

Posted by:
Nathan Welch
MRI, CT & PET/CT Specialist
407.438.7847
Nathan@amberusa.com

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