Anaesthesia for magnetic resonance imaging: a survey of current practice in the UK and Ireland

ME McBrien, John Winder, L Smyth

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    Abstract

    The lack of information about standards for anaesthetic practice in magnetic resonance imaging is of concern, since increasing requests are being made for this service, often in units not designed for the purpose. An overview of current practice was sought by conducting a postal survey of magnetic resonance units in the UK and Ireland. Replies were received from 100 units (79%), 46 of which had an anaesthetic service provided. A wide diversity of practice and opinion on the conduct of anaesthesia in this field was evident from the replies received. The survey highlighted particular areas of concern about the personal safety of anaesthetists within such units, including exposure to magnetic fields, noise and unscavenged anaesthetic gases. The evidence for such concerns is reviewed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)737-743
    JournalAnaesthesia
    Volume55
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2000

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    Keywords

    • measurement techniques
    • nuclear magnetic resonance
    • anaesthesia
    • magnetic resonance imaging

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