When you work with medical equipment every day, you tend to grow accustomed to relying upon that medical equipment and trust that it will always function as it should when you use it. However, no piece of medical equipment is infallible, including the MRI equipment you use on a regular basis. In order to be sure that you are serving your patients well and are not using faulty equipment, get to know some of the ways that you can tell that your MRI needs repairs. Then, you can keep an eye out and contact a MRI repair technician as soon as possible when things begin to go awry.
The Images Look Grainy Or Otherwise Distorted
One of the most noticeable problems with your MRI machine is when the images do not look like they normally would. Images that are grainy, for example, can be a sign that your MRI coils are wearing out and need to be repaired or replaced. Grainy images can also make it difficult to determine what is distortion and what is actually an issue in the patient's body.
You may also notice lines on the scans and images or other distortions that should not show up on a scan of a person's body. In other words, they are distortions that cannot be explained by health problems the patient is experiencing.
You Notice The MRI Room Is Warm Or Hot
Machinery and equipment naturally generate heat when they are running. However, there is the normal amount of heat generated by machinery (which can be countered easily by your building's air conditioning system), and there is the kind that its problematic.
If you notice that the MRI room feels like the heat is on or is just hot or warmer than usual, you may have an issue with the machinery. The first step to take in such situations is to shut the machinery down completely and give it a chance to cool down. Take note of whether or not the temperature in the room goes down when the machinery is off. If it does, turn the MRI back on and see if the room gets overheated again.
Heat generated by the MRI can be an issue with the RF amplifier, coils, or the chiller which is designed to keep all of the components within the MRI at appropriate temperatures. A call to a repairman to take a look and inspect the machinery can prevent serious damage to the MRI that could put it out of commission permanently.
Now that you know a few of the signs that your MRI needs repair, you can be sure that you are doing everything you can to keep your medical equipment and machinery in the best working condition possible. Contact a company like Medical Systems Technologies, LLC for more information.