Interventional MR imaging at 1.5 T: quantification of sound exposure
Sound pressure levels (SPLs) during interventional magnetic resonance (MR) imaging may create an occupational hazard for the interventional radiologist (ie, the potential risk of hearing impairment). Therefore, A-weighted and linear continuous-equivalent SPLs were measured at the entrance of a 1.5-T MR imager during cardiovascular and real-time pulse sequences. The SPLs ranged from 81.5 to 99.3 dB (A-weighted scale), and frequencies were from 1 to 3 kHz. SPLs for the interventional radiologist exceeded a safe SPL of 80 dB (A-weighted scale) for all sequences; therefore, hearing protection is recommended.
|Keywords||*Sound, Ear Protective Devices, Humans, Magnetic Resonance Imaging/instrumentation/*methods|
Moelker, A., Maas, R.A.J.J., Lethimonnier, F., & Pattynama, P.M.T.. (2002). Interventional MR imaging at 1.5 T: quantification of sound exposure. Radiology. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/9969