Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Training on the Signa 1.5 Tesla MRI

Our Signa 1.5T MRI machine.
I've been busy the past ten days driving back and forth from my hospital (no MRI machine) to our East Campus (has MRI machine) to do my cross training.  It is actually more exciting than I thought it would be at first.

I've steered clear of those giant magnets after seeing all the pictures of gurneys and oxygen tanks sucked into the room and doing massive damage.  With my luck, I figured, that'll happen to me if I work in there.

But I've become more familiar with the machine and it's not such a big deal anymore.  There are safeguards in place such as questionnaires and metal detectors which almost guarantee no problems.  A verbal follow up with the patient and there is very little left to chance.

I've also learned that certain equipment has been made specifically for MRI rooms.  I took a picture of our oxygen tank which is rated to be usable all the way up to a 7 Tesla coil rating (our's is 1.5T).  The MRI table can undock and be moved outside of the magnet room if a patient is unable to walk into the room on their own.  We load the patient onto the table and wheel them into the magnet room for safety.

Our fire extinguisher is for MRI Use Only.
So far, I've done several MRIs and MRAs: Brain, COW (Circle of Willis), hand, forearm, and MRCPs for the most part. Soon to follow will be knees, shoulders and hips, I'm sure.  They seem to get ordered a lot.  Sleep time has taken a hit but someone once told me "you get enough sleep when you're dead."  Hard to argue that one.



  1. Hope they give you some training about patients who wig out. My husband climbed out of the MRI at the VA when he was suffering with a high temp from a gall bladder attack. The ppoor staff had their hands full!

  2. I've had at least one MRI/year (heart) for the last ohh...10 years. Luckily I find them quite relaxing and if it wasn't for all the noise I'd probably fall asleep. I can see how people would freak out though :( Are you allowed to give sedatives?
    Mine generally last for 1-2 hours.



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