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RF shielding considerations in the MR suite

by John R. Fischer, Senior Reporter | September 15, 2021
From the September 2021 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

It is also necessary to maintain the shield in its entirety, especially the door. More so, providers should have a thorough understanding of what product they are buying and what is required for its installation.

“Maintaining the RF seals and cleaning those surfaces can help maintain the performance of the room,” said Kellog. “Additionally, maintaining supervision or control over things that are added to the MR suite can help protect the shielding as well. Far too often an item is added to a room without considering how to maintain the RF integrity of the room.”

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Paré, of SDI Canada, says other important things to keep in mind are communication between the shielding manufacturer and other partners on the MR design team, and to involve the shielding company early. “The sooner the shielding vendor is involved in the planification of the project, the easier it is to prevent extra costs and changes during construction. Any good shielding vendors will work diligently with the planning and design team during design phase and the contractors during construction phase. Always feel free to ask for their help, as this will benefit every stakeholder in an MR project.”

At the end of the day, all providers should keep in mind that a well-kept and maintained shield helps prevent delays that pose harm to patient care, prevents the need for costly repairs or replacements and with the right maintenance, can be used throughout its entire expected lifetime.

“Today, with the emphasis on MR workflow optimization and patient experience, the RF shield and its RF filtering technology are increasingly important in the design process,” said PDC Facilities’ Maslowski.

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