Visual diagnostics have been revolutionized by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). However, some precautions must be observed when performing an MRI scan. This concerns not only patients but also medical devices. With the bellavista mr, imtmedical now also enables unrestricted ventilation in the MRI environment.
The strength of the magnetic fields poses challenges: magnetic metal parts must not be placed too close to the MRI machine, as they will be attracted by the magnet and can result in serious injuries to patients or damage to the scanner itself.
It can also be very difficult to use medical devices near an MRI machine. Many medical devices have magnetic components that are attracted by the MRI or cannot provide fully reliable performance because of the magnetic fields. This can result in difficult situations in particular for ventilated patients who are especially vulnerable because of their dependence on a ventilator.
“On the one hand, it is extremely important to continue the ventilation strategy; on the other hand, complications must be prevented if the ventilator is placed too close to an MRI scanner,” explains Harri Friberg, CEO of imtmedical ag.
The latest ventilator from imtmedical has been specially developed for such situations. With the bellavista mr, it is possible to continue the ventilation process in the MRI environment without restrictions. This is thanks to the use of materials that are not magnetic or only slightly magnetic as well as two further precautions: a trolley with integrated braking function and the MR-Guard that triggers an alarm as soon as the ventilator goes below the necessary minimum distance from the MRI scanner. Furthermore, a powerful battery ensures that patients can be transported within the hospital with no problem over a period of four hours. So, not only can the bellavista mr be used on every hospital ward, but it can also be safely moved between wards.