When you have a medical facility with an MRI machine, it’s important to follow all the standard safety protocols. This lends itself beyond the operator wearing proper clothing, but also the items you have in the room as well. For example, an MRI-safe linen cart is a great addition to your room.
What is an MRI?
Magnetic Resource Imaging is a piece of medical equipment which uses magnetic fields and radio waves in order to obtain detailed images of tissues and organs in your body. An MRI is able to show details of the body that can’t be seen through X-rays, ultrasound, or CT scans. It is a non-invasive and painless procedure, apart from some individuals who may experience claustrophobia.
It’s important to note that MRI’s do not use ionized radiation, which can be potentially harmful to patients. Magnets in an MRI machine actually work to align the water molecules in the body, before the next magnet pulses and allows the hydrogen atom to alter its alignment and then return to its relaxed state. Through this process, doctors can create detailed images that allow them to see organs and tissues within the body.
Safety In An MRI Suite
It’s vital to use the most up-to-date safety procedures available when operating an MRI machine. When it comes to the room, you have to take safety precautions in order to keep you, the patient, and the machine all safe. In other words, any professional and patient that will come into contact with the room should know what they can and can’t have with them in order to have the best and safest experience.
Because an MRI uses high-powered magnets, it is critical to keep any nickel alloys or stainless steel out of the room. If these materials were allowed in the room, they can become projectiles thrust towards the machine and in the process can cause serious injury to the machine. To the person inside, it could cause harm or in the worst case even death. There are some safe forms of stainless steel, but they need to be treated in order to not react with the MRI machine.
This also means that a patient must be thoroughly vetted before they can enter the machine. Things like nail polish, hearing aides, and even pacemakers can be damaged during an MRI- so it’s important that the patient understand the importance of listening to what you shouldn’t have.
As a result, it’s important to be diligent on the state of the MRI suite at all times. Gowns should not have any type of metal buttons or clasps. And, just as importantly, you want to stay organized in order to ensure that all safety precautions are followed and ensure test safety.
The MRI Safe Linen Cart
In a medical facility, you will always need to store things like linens such as blankets and gowns. The same is true for an MRI suite. But it’s important to find a quality cart which has been properly treated, in order to be used safely in an MRI suite. This means that it can’t be magnetic, so you want to be sure to find carts that have been created specifically to be used in an MRI suite. All carts also come with wheels, which means that you will able to easily move it around the suite as needed.
This type of cart does not have to be a one size fits all. Depending on your needs, you can find a cart that will work perfectly for your suite. For example, if you need to store linens and other objects on a cart that can be easily moved, but you don’t have an abundance of space, then you should consider a narrower cart.
This 3 Shelf Narrow Cart, for example, is ideal for storage. It can hold up to 75lbs of materials on each shelf, making it very useful. Or, if you’re looking for something very large, then an Extra Deep 4 Shelf Linen Cart is a great idea. With the ability to hold up to 175 lbs per shelf, this cart is extremely strong and will allow you to roll your materials to whichever area you need them.
Additionally, along with a variety of sizes of linen carts, you can also decide on what color you want to cover the cart. In the process, you can personalize it to the style of your MRI suite in order to have a more cohesive feel to your suite.
It’s important for you to have enough storage within the MRI suite, because you want to be sure you have all your MRI safe materials stored within the room. By having enough storage space, you can help to reduce the chance of something going wrong. For example, if you don’t have enough space to store MRI-safe gowns and you need to rush to find a gown because of an emergency case, the last thing you want to do is have to waste time because you can’t find it.
No matter what size linen cart you are looking for, it will improve your organization and efficiency. Whether you need a narrow cart, an extra wide cart, or an extra deep cart, you’ll be sure to find the right one to fit your needs.
When you work in the medical profession, organization is vital to not only your success but to your safety and that of your patient. Especially when you work in an MRI suite, attention to detail is of paramount importance, and having all your tools and linens organized helps you to operate more smoothly. To find the right cart for your MRI suite, please contact us.