Sunday, January 17, 2010

New Standard for the Design of MRI Suite

Conceptual Layout of an MRI Suite in line with the 4-Zone Principle Affirmed by the American College of Radiology

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An indispensable guide to the design of a contemporary MRI suite (with all the MRI safety requirements properly addressed) can be obtained from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Tags: MRI safety, layout plan, 4-zone principle, MRI suite, ferromagnetic screening



  1. This is really interesting. Usually when we take out a MRI the cabinets and component room is usually behind the workstation and the control room. In the layout above - the component room has some odd access. A lot of times you need to install a system through a wall with easy access from out side and the cabinets go in through the same way so a wall in with a separate door access makes that impossible. Anyway - great blog! Feel free to become a fan of my site/ blog on Facebook at Davyn

  2. Good observation, Davyn. In fact, the considerations for the adjacency of the control, scanning and system component rooms are multifactorial and are mostly site specific. The Design Guide of VA is not to be used as a standard design and is only intended to be used as a guide in the planning of MRI. The snapshot of the layout plan from the VA document here is, as the caption implies, used to highlight the significant relationship between the scanning room entrance and the control room. You may notice the "critical line of sight" and the installation specifics of the RF shielded door indicated in the layout drawing which are critical in terms of the MRI safety requirements.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and your thoughtful comments, Davyn.