Infusion pump performance in an MR environment.

Abstract

Concerns about life support equipment accompanying the critically ill patient have to date made magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies of this patient group the exception. We present here a series of tests performed on an IVAC P3000 infusion pump to investigate its suitability for the magnetic resonance imaging environment. We investigate safety, pump performance and image quality issues. The pump was housed at the end of the patient couch to prevent motion towards the scanner. Gravimetric tests found the pump to work within acceptable parameters at a static field of 10 mT. Image interference issues were addressed.

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