Presentation on theme: "MRI Safety This slide show will educate all healthcare providers about the safe delivery of care in the magnetic resonance (MR) environment. This slide."— Presentation transcript:
1 MRI Safety This slide show will educate all healthcare providers about the safe delivery of care in the magnetic resonance (MR) environment.This slide presentation has been adapted for Nursing from an original presentation compiled by:Deborah Schwengel, M.D.Christopher Pressley, M.D.Kaadze Wright, M.D.Robert W. Evers, BSRT, MR, CV
2 THE MAGNETIC FIELD IS AT FULL POWER ALWAYS ….IT IS ALWAYS “ON”.
3 EMPLOYEE SAFETYALL EMPLOYEES MUST BE SCREENED TO WORK IN A MAGNETIC FIELD ENVIRONMENT JUST LIKE THE PATIENTS.NO EXCEPTIONS.
4 MRI PROCEDURE SCREENING FORM To ensure patient safety, completion of theMRI screening form is required prior to everyMRI scan. Units can assist & expedite theMRI's triage process by completing this form in advanceand faxing toThis form is located online at:
5 MRI Screening Sheet All Patients will need this form filled out before an MRI can be done.Ideally, the form should befilled out by:a. The PatientIf the patient cannot fill it out:b. Family MembersIf there are no family members:c. Referring MD
6 What to do in an Emergency If there is a Patient Emergency in MRI…GET THE PATIENT OUT OF THE ROOMNO CODE OR CODE LIKE PROCEDURES WILL BE RUN IN THE MRI ROOM.
7 BURNSIt is “possible” for patients to get 1st, 2nd, or even 3rd degree burns in an MRI if items such as ECG cables are looped and are touching the patients skin (even if these devices are MRI compatible).All “cables” should not touch the patients skin directly, and should NOT be in a LOOPED configuration.
8 What can you take into a magnetic field? ONLY ITEMS THAT ARE MRI COMPATIBLE. Such as…BrassAluminumPlasticIF YOU ARE NOT SURE IF AN OBJECT IS MRI SAFE…DON’T TAKE IT INTO THE ROOM. ASK A TECHNOLOGIST!!!!!!!!
9 Magnetic Field What “objects” can you take into a magnetic field? Anything that doesn’t containiron.To be safe…TAKE NOTHINGINTO A MAGNETIC FIELD.Work closely with theTechnologist who works inthat type of environmenteach day. Question Everything.
10 Site Access Restriction: Screening All patients presenting for a non emergent scan must be screened by two MR personnel, including one with level 2 qualifications.A detailed history on possible implants or metallic objects must be obtained in writing and signed by appropriate medical licensed personnel.Do not rely on verbal history alone.
11 Characteristics of the Magnetic Field the force of the field is measured in tesla (T); a typical scanner is approximately teslathe force of the field is greatest at the periphery of the magnet. This FORCE INCREASES as you move closer to the magnet.NOT ALL MAGNETS ARE THE SAME FIELD STRENGTH, THUS THEIR “ATTRACTIVE FORCES” WILL BE DIFFERENT.
12 Biologic Effects of the Static Magnetic Field on Persons in its Proximity questions to consider does the field have long term deleterious effects such as increasing the risk of neoplasm?does the field have effects on the patient which alter our monitoring?does the field have effects on implanted medical devices which are non-ferromagnetic and “MR safe”?
13 To date there is no clear and convincing evidence that exposure to high magnetic forces in the MR environment increases the risk of cancer.
14 Effects of the Static Magnetic Field on Implanted Medical Devices Although certain devices such as implanted pumps may be MR compatible, there are still important considerations in this patient population.
15 Determining if a medical device is safe in the MRI environment The MRI staff are always equipped with the latest information on device safety.Questions should be directed to the chief MRI technologist.
16 PacemakersThere several reports in the literature describing the occurrence of sudden death in the MR for patients with implanted (but MR compatible) pacers. To date the mechanism of these fatalities is unclear but is thought to be secondary to the induction of fatal arrythmias. Therefore pacemakers are currently a contraindication to MR scanning.
17 Forces in the MR Environment Magnetic fieldmissile effect: TRANSLATIONrotational effect: ROTATION/TORQUE
18 Translational Forcethis term describes the force which attracts ferrous objects to the center of the magnetic fieldmay act to transform ferrous objects into missiles as they accelerate toward the magnetthe force is greatest when the difference in field strength across the object is greatest; where delta T or difference in field strength from point A to point B is maximizedAB
19 Rotational Forcethis force relates to the North - South orientation of the scanner’s magnetic fieldferrous objects will attempt to align their long axes with this orientationthis force will rotate objects until they are aligned and is greatest at the very center of the field (unlike the translational force which is greatest where the difference in magnetic field across the object is greatest)
20 Another danger in MRI -QUENCH! MR scanners are supercooled with inert gases such as helium.If these cryogens BOIL OFF either intentionally or unintentionally, a quench has occurred. THIS IS EXTREMELY BAD.An INTENTIONAL quench is done in an emergency to run the magnetic field to ZERO in order to remove a projectile/patient from the scanner in extreme emergencies.If a quench occurs, remove all staff from the room immediately
21 Another danger in MRI -QUENCH! THE WORRY WITH A QUENCH IS THE POTENTIAL FOR ASPHIXIATION AND FROST-BITE TO THE HEALTH CARE WORKER AND PATIENT.
24 Pregnant Patients or Personnel: Pregnant patients regardless of trimester are only scanned if the results of the study will change the care of the patient.Pregnant MR personnel are encouraged not to stay in the room during the scanning process.
25 Introduction to the zone system for maintaining safety in the MRI suite
26 Site Access Restriction All personnel with access to MR must have either level 1 or level 2 qualifications.Level 1 personnel are minimally trained in MR safety and can ensure their own safety and the safety of a patient in the MR environment.All JHH anesthesiologists must have level 1 qualifications.
27 Site Access Restriction Level 2 personnel are extensively knowledgeable about the MR environment, the potential hazards of the agents and equipment used, and MR safety precautions.The MR safety director, and all MR radiology technologists are level 2 personnel.
28 Safety ZonesZone 1 : This is a public access area with no restrictions.Zone 2 : This is a semi restricted area where patients and hospital staff can interact.Zone 3 : This area is completely physically restricted from non MR personnel especially the general public.
29 Remember this mnemonic: MRI = Metal Results (in) Injury