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  • Changing seismic regulations and the effect on MRI shielding design

    Administrators, Architects, Construction Insights, Contractors, MRI SafetyComments Off on Changing seismic regulations and the effect on MRI shielding design

    On October 29, 2018 • By

    San Andreas. The fault line running through California that most Americans know — with much help from Hollywood — due to the horrific damage it has caused in modern history. Truth is, potentially damaging seismic activity is not isolated to the West coast. 74 percent of all states in the contiguous US are in moderate to high risk for seismic activity and over the past year there were 19,103 earthquakes recorded with a magnitude of 1.5 or greater.

    It appears that many Healthcare Architects are now starting to recommend that hospitals throughout the United States include seismic consideration within their structural requirements.  This trend may be the result of changes in the categories the hospitals may fall in (such as disaster centers, critical care, university and research) or simply conservative designs that are intended to protect hospitals for “just in case” reasons.

    Regardless, this trend is now affecting the RF shielding industry.  It is forcing shield vendors to provide certifications that their designs will meet these requirements.  These certifications include Professional Engineering review and site-specific structural analysis on the entire shield structure, inclusive of material selection. In order to acquire this certification, a full explanation of support methods (external or those that are made part of the shield or infra-structure) is required.  These explanations often will require factoring into the lateral forces creating when the frame and/or any items attached to the frame during a seismic event are addressed. These items include but are not limited to MRI vendor components (cable trays and quench lines), full internal MEP requirements and the interior finishes.

    IMEDCO follows state and local standards in addition to optimal design models predicated by the machine manufacturer requiring a clear understanding of existing or planned site conditions (including seismic), user needs, and constructability.

    From preliminary designs, to complete shielding specifications, the IMEDCO team is ready to support your efforts. Contact us today so we can help make your MRI installation successful, in compliance with regulatory statutes, and resilient to the effects of seismic events.

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  • IMEDCO America revered for MR scan at University of Minnesota

    Construction Insights, MR Shielding Techniques, MRI Safety, UncategorizedComments Off on IMEDCO America revered for MR scan at University of Minnesota

    On April 12, 2018 • By

    IMEDCO America is honored to be a part of the world’s 1st 10.5-Tesla human MR scan that was performed at the University of Minnesota. The magnetic shield totaling 1.3 million pounds of special steel that incased the MRI machine was created by IMEDCO. The magnetic shield included 170 steel plates and walls varying from 4 layers to 14 layers thick (28″). IMEDCO also constructed the RF shield for this project which has 150 panels (not including the floor) and has testing frequencies from 10MHz to 450MHz. Continue Reading

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  • Factor 1: Successful MRI Planning

    Administrators, Construction Insights, Imaging Directors, MR Shielding TechniquesComments Off on Factor 1: Successful MRI Planning

    On January 19, 2018 • By

    Planning for your new MRI may seem daunting, but we can help with the heavy lifting. Construction, installation, operation, and safety are all critical components for optimal MRI shielding. Structural considerations, magnetic field impact and acoustic noise are just a few factors evaluated during the Site Planning process.

    What other things should you be thinking about during the planning stage?

    To watch all 8 videos to see how you can have a successful MRI installation: Click Here.
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  • Factor 2: Features and Options

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    On January 19, 2018 • By

    Your site is officially planned, now you just need to get your shielding vendor to collaborate with the architect and contractor. Reviewing MRI options and features to consider User experience, cost, and upgradeability are factored into the final decision. Insuring that the MRI machine and the room that encases it are comfortable for the patient and the Technologist is critical to the return on investment.

    When you understand features and options, you can make the best decision for your operation.

    To watch all 8 videos to see how you can have a successful MRI installation: Click Here.
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  • Factor 3: Safety: Staff & Patient

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    On January 19, 2018 • By

    While it is the third step on the path to a successful MRI Installations, Safety is easily the most important. Safety issues hinge on the selection of a qualified shielding vendor who will plan the design and construction specifically for the magnet to be sited. Don’t regret who you hire.

     

    What safety components need considered?

    To watch all 8 videos to see how you can have a successful MRI installation: Click Here.
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