Training services to teach you the basics of MRI safety ...
Wishing to share our knowledge, our training aims to help you develop skills in assessing the MRI safety of medical devices. We then discuss the technical, scientific and regulatory aspects of the safety and compatibility of medical devices in the MRI environment. Here are some examples of themes we can address:
- the risks generated by the interactions between the medical device and the electromagnetic waves of the MRI
- applicable regulations and test methods for evaluating the safety of a medical device in MRI
- Integration of MRI safety and compatibility into product design.
These training courses are tailor-made to be adapted to your problem, your products and your level of knowledge. You will be trained by one or more expert(s) of HEALTIS, member(s) of the normative groups of the domain. They usually take place on our premises, which allows us to illustrate our subject by carrying out practical work in the MRI environment, but also be conducted remotely.
What Is MRI?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive imaging technology that produces three dimensional anatomical images. Unlike X-ray or CT, MRI uses non-ionizing radiation to produce its images, and except for foreign objects being introduced into the MRI environment, is completely safe. It is based on sophisticated technology that utilizes strong electromagnetic fields to create contrast based on soft tissue properties.
What are the main risks when introducing a medical device into the MRI environment?
While not an exhaustive list, typically the main risks when it comes to introducing a medical device into an MRI are: magnetically induced force and torque, radiofrequency induced heating and image artifacts.
For medical devices with large planar surfaces, gradient field induced vibrations and heating can also be a significant risk. For active medical devices, device malfunction due to the RF, gradient and/or static magnetic fields can also present a risk to the patient. Cochlear implants, or any device containing magnetic components, can also risk demagnetization.
While the above can offer an expected overview of what risks may be present, each device should be thoughtfully evaluated when determining its test strategy.