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MRI siting decisions can “make or break” a project in terms of cost, time and potential patient inconvenience. Understanding siting requirements enables architects and planners to design an effective and safe MRI area.

Whether you've selected your shielding company, or are still undecided, you will find the answers to many of your siting questions in the 2016 MRI Site Planning Guide...

...and you won't even have to fill in a form to get it. Our guide comes with no strings attached.
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Frame Integration of the FerrAlert Halo.

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FerrAlert Door integrated into the wall.

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IMEDCO RF Door Entry System

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ACOUSTICS - CONTRACTOR PERSPECTIVE

MRI Shielding: It’s about what’s behind the walls

"On time and within budget!” is just one way a healthcare general contractor’s performance and value is determined. Ultimately the true measurement of a successful installation is aesthetics and performance. So, it is critical that the general contractor choose subcontractors including architects MRI shielding companies – who truly understand their role in the success of the project.

More than most other diagnostic equipment, MRI suites present critical planning and construction challenges. On a cost per square foot basis, MRI suites are expensive packages. Choosing an MRI shielding subcontractor with a proven history of delivering cost-effective design can mean the difference between success and failure.

It’s important to look at more than just pricing when evaluating MRI shielding subcontractors. The right subcontractor protects your best interests, the customer’s investment and the MRI equipment vendor’s long term performance requirements.

Price vs. value. When evaluating MRI shielding subcontractors look for a company that:

•   Practices collaborative project management.
   
•   Understands that project profitability is directly related to scope     
    coordination.

•   Shield scope should to be clear to avoid overlap in both planning    
     and site preparation.
   
•   Is committed to communication via multiple calls and at least one
    on-site meetings prior to the start of installation to ensure the site  
    is prepared properly and conditions meet the approved submittals
    – avoiding expensive delays.
  
•   Knows how to prevent unnecessary risk and damage to the MRI
    shield during construction.
   
•   Most of the work performed by an MRI subcontractor is hidden,
    with only the door and window the obviously visible components.
  
•   But its what’s behind the walls, and invisible, that affect short- and
     long-term performance (RF, magnetic and acoustic).

As a division of the largest dedicated Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) shielding company in the world, IMEDCO America holds patents on proven techniques that combine layers of select materials in shield walls, floors and ceilings. We design interior framing/furring, acoustic batting within all the RF panels, and door and window high performance acoustic components. In addition, our MRI isolation designs provide impressive noise reduction.

Our experienced, knowledgeable consultants differentiate IMEDCO from other shielding companies. And we’ve got more than just thousands of installations to back us up – we offer the best warranties in the industry.

Make sure you understand what’s behind your MRI shielding subcontractors walls. If you’re only looking at pricing, you may be costing yourself. We want to be part of your team. Learn more at our website or call one of our consultants today.
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IS THAT MRI NOISE BOTHERING YOU?

MRI systems are a major contributor to a hospital’s revenue stream. Unfortunately, MRI machines are loud. Obviously this can create a problem for patients, staff and anyone in the surrounding space. Problems like:

• Annoyance
• Verbal communication difficulties
• Heightened anxiety
• Temporary hearing loss
• And, in extreme cases, the potential for permanent hearing    
  impairment

The issues are not just limited to patients and their MRI technicians. Noise reduction makes the environment pleasant for everyone – including visitors and staff who may be in adjacent areas such as reading rooms, offices, and meeting rooms. Proper MRI sound isolation increases valuable, usable real estate in your hospital.

It all starts in the planning phase. Architects play a major role in setting the MRI noise management strategy. Proper layout and the use of specific materials, combined with MRI shielding designs, can mean the difference between a peaceful or an annoying environment.

IMEDCO holds patents on proven techniques that combine layers of select materials in shield walls, floors and ceilings. In addition, our MRI isolation designs provide impressive noise reduction. We offer proven critical components like doors and windows to further reduce noise in areas adjacent to MRI systems. And you might be surprised by how affordable our MRI shielding packages can be.

Our experienced, knowledgeable consultants differentiate IMEDCO from other shielding companies. And we’ve got more than just thousands of installations to back us up – we offer the best warranties in the industry.

Some things are better not heard – so learn more at our website or call one of our consultants today.
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Ferromagnetic Detection Systems (FMDs) in the MRI Environment 

MRI scanners have become significant sources of revenue for healthcare providers in the US. This is because of favorable reimbursement rates from insurers and federal government programs. However, the very high strength of the magnetic field present in an MRI session can cause ferromagnetic objects to be attracted to the center of the magnet. This poses potentially life threatening, projectile-related hazards to patients, radiologists and can cause expensive damage to the equipment.

To prevent this risk, Ferromagnetic Detection Systems (FMDs) are specially designed devices that can be used to detect only ferromagnetic objects.  FMDs come in a variety of forms and detect threats by monitoring the ambient magnetic field using magnetic sensors.

In the MRI suite, FMDS can be used to identify ferromagnetic objects and devices so they are removed from the proximity of the MRI scanner.

To keep patients from inadvertently carrying metal objects into the scanner, FMDS devices are used to identify ferromagnetic foreign bodies such as: cochlear implants, permanent pacemakers, shell fragments, and other metallic implants.

Utilizing an FMDS in the MRI environment is recommended by several influential organizations concerned with MRI safety, including the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Joint Commission. In fact, ACR Accreditation for hospitals is soon expected to dictate use of the FMD in lieu of magnetic wands or paddles to find ferrous metals and objects on patients.  Many states have also already adopted regulations via Federal Guidelines Institute (FGI) that hospitals must use FMDs for their Zone Control.

There are many factors to consider when determining they type of FMD installation – including product warranties. Whether you are an architect, a general contractor or the end-user,  make sure the firm you choose can comprehensively evaluate and provide a recommendation that maximizes revenue potential while reducing risks.

As a division of the largest dedicated Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) shielding company in the world, IMEDCO America has an established reputation for delivering MRI (RF) shielding packages optimized for each individual environment.

IMEDCO knows MRI shielding is not just a simple 6-sided, one-size-fits-all-solution. The design requires a clear understanding of existing or planned site conditions, user needs, constructibility, and physics (radio-frequency interference, magnetic field containment and acoustic noise impact).

Our experienced, knowledgeable consultants differentiate IMEDCO from other MRI shielding companies.  Our customers consistently tell us that we back up our technical knowledge with something equally important: collaborative project management and service. As former installation technicians, our project managers appreciate the intricate nature of successful installations.

Professional service and expert support is our trademark – and we back it all up with the best warranties in the industry. Learn more at our website <www.imedco.net> or call us today 317.773.8500.
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