Guidelines on exposure to electromagnetic fields from magnetic resonance clinical systems [electronic resource] / [prepared by M.A. Stuchly] ; Environmental Health Directorate, Health Protection Branch
- Stuchly, M. A.
- [Ottawa] : Health and Welfare Canada, 
- Physical Description:
- v, 20 pages
- Additional Creators:
- Canada. Health Canada
- Safety code ; 26 and EHD (Series) ; 87-EHD-127
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and recently also magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) have been gaining a widespread acceptance and many applications in clinical settings. These imaging devices utilize three types of fields, namely, the static magnetic field, the time-varying magnetic field and the radiofrequency (RF) field. Since each of the fields produced by MRI or MRS devices, if of a sufficient intensity, can produce detrimental biological effects, questions have been raised regarding the safety of these devices. Guidelines on device characteristics and patient and operator exposure have been published in some countries (the United States, the United Kingdom, the Federal Republic of Germany). This document briefly reviews biological effects of various fields used in magnetic resonance devices and provides general guidance on exposure levels to the patient and to the operator. The levels cited should not be considered as strict limits which if exceeded would result in a dangerous situation, but rather indicate the presently established levels below which potential hazards, if any, are considered minimal, if any. Higher exposure levels may still be safe, depending on various factors. For patient exposures exceeding the specified safe limits, the usual risk-benefit assessment has to be made.
- Issued also in French under title: Lignes directrices sur l'exposition aux champs électromagnétiques provenant d'appareils cliniques à résonance magnétique.
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographic references.
- Type of File/Data:
- Electronic monograph in PDF format.
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