The number of MRI scanners in use at hospitals, institutions and private practice is growing by leaps and bounds. That means there are more and more radiology staff members and others involved in the process. That’s why MRI safety education is more important than ever.
Even the most experienced radiologist or rad tech needs an MRI safety refresher on a regular basis. It’s similar to the need for routine fire drills. Reinforcing the correct procedures and skills can keep your radiology staff safe, day in and day out.
Let’s Take a Look at the Risks Involved With MRI
- Metal and ferromagnetic projectiles: It’s so important to screen for metal before a patient enters an exam room. That means having the patient fill out a special screening form and changing out of street clothes and into safe clothing. Of course, the MR radiographer needs to interview the patient right before entering the exam room, as well. The patient needs to fully understand the importance that no metal or ferromagnetic object enters the room. And the list of items is constantly growing. Now a questionnaire needs to ask whether the patient has eyelash extensions that use tiny magnets! Many MRI facilities also choose to use a ferromagnetic detector during screening for increased MRI safety. However, if should never replace questioning the patient thoroughly.
- Implants: If a patient has an implant, the distribution of radiofrequency energy could result in the heating of the patient and/or the heating of the patient’s implants. Heating injuries are on the rise, due to the use of more powerful and efficient methods and scanners. Oftentimes these heating injuries, however, are the result of a lack of MRI safety competence in how the patient is positioned. MRI requires a team effort. No one should ever work in an MRI room or MRI examination alone and every team member should have a high level of MRI safety skills.
It’s Important to Minimize MRI Risks
Yes, safety training and education is important and should be ongoing. Equipment vendors can also help with this process. They understand the safety requirements and their support and collaboration can be invaluable.
- Establish a routine to be followed by everyone working in an MRI scanner environment.
- Be sure to report every incident. It’s tur, a general, efficient, easy-to-access reporting system would be ideal. In the absence of that, every MRI professional should recognize and honor the importance of incidence reporting.
Talk To An Expert
As always, if you have any questions regarding MRI Safety, talk to an expert And if you’re in the market for a new MRI Scanner, talk to the experts at Atlantis Worldwide. We’ve been helping healthcare facilities, hospitals, clinics and private practices acquire the ideal MRI system for more than 40 years. Oftentimes the right system is actually a used or refurbished system, complete with robust service warranties.
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Meet the author: Vikki Harmonay