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Extending The Life Of Your MRI

Posted by Vikki Harmonay on Wed, Mar 29, 2023 @ 12:03 PM

MRI machines are very expensive—and with the cost of helium rising between 50-100% in recent years plus the cost of maintenance and replacement parts, operating an MRI is expensive, too.Extend Life MRIIn addition, MRI systems are complex and sensitive. So how can you get the most out of your MRI?

Routine Maintenance is Key

When an MRI machine is installed, quite a few tests are performed in order to make sure it’s exhibiting optimal performance. But that’s just the beginning. Once it’s installed, it’s important to perform quality checks daily in order to monitor system performance. Each MRI manufacturer and MRI system has a different set of tests to perform, calibrations and areas to troubleshoot. It’s important to perform the correct maintenance and tests for your MRI make and model.


Every MRI systems obtains raw data by interpreting RF information. That’s why MRI rooms need to be shielded from any external RF signals, and those shielding areas need to be routinely inspected. Be sure to inspect the door on a regular basis so you know that all shielding elements are intact and the surfaces are clean. You should also inspect the penetration panel to make sure no shielding plates or cable connections have become loose. If you have RF leaks within the room, the result can be poor images. You can also lose valuable time troubleshooting the issue and making necessary repairs and adjustments.

Because the magnet never shuts down and is always fully powered, it’s important to make sure everything is operating properly. Of course, you need to make sure all screws are tight and no cables or components have become loose. In addition, there are several specific areas to focus on when performing magnet MRI maintenance. These include:

  • Maintaining proper center frequency
  • Maintaining proper shim in order to provide homogeneity of the image
  • Maintaining proper cooling on the helium vessel
  • Ensuring the overall mechanical condition

Helium Services

With helium becoming more scare and increasingly more expensive, it’s more important than ever to maintain a careful system monitoring for helium fills. It’s wise to schedule helium fills more frequently, especially if the shortage increases even more and cryogen vendors starts to cap the number of liters that can be dispensed in a single visit. Another way to keep costs down is to commit to a contract with a specific cryogen supplier. If you have a qualified technician to refill your helium, that can save money on labor as well.

MRI Damage And Warranty

When it comes to MRI scanners, they don’t have a lot of moving parts. That means it’s unlikely for the scanner to experience extensive damage. Usually, the only damage is cosmetic in nature, like scratched paint. You will have to replace coils and pads.

It’s always important to have a solid warranty or service contract for your MRI scanner. Perform maintenance routinely and be aware of when your warranty expires. If you have a system without a warranty, be sure to contact your vendor for a list of qualified engineers in your area.

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Atlantis Worldwide has been helping healthcare professionals find the ideal medical imaging equipment for the past 30 years. Oftentimes refurbished or used imaging systems provide the performance you want at a much lower price—and still delivering great warranties and service contracts. 

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Topics: MRI, Medical Imaging Equipment