In 2017, there were approximately 6,210 hospitals operating nationwide. Undoubtedly, almost all of those facilities are filled with essential medical equipment to ensure patients receive the care they need.
MRI machines are often included in that category. Radiology labs will utilize MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) equipment to essentially create images of a patient’s anatomy or specific physical processes that take place within the body. MRI machines use a powerful magnetic system to operate and the scanner feature of the machine produces radio frequency currents during the process.
Not only is this process highly technical, but it can last quite a long time. The typical MRI scan can last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour and a half, depending on the circumstances. Although the procedure is totally painless, it does involve lying still on a motorized bed that goes inside the machine. This can be a nerve-racking process for many patients, even if everything goes smoothly.
However, if the power supply to the MRI machine is interrupted in any way, this can cause major complications — including incorrect reporting, equipment shut-down, and procedure redundancies. Medical personnel will want to avoid these scenarios at all costs, as they could result in misdiagnosis, repeat appointments, patient stress, and other errors or liabilities.
Assuming the MRI equipment is in good working order, you’ll want to take a closer look at the power supply and what you can do to ensure it’s consistent. The use of custom medical grade transformers can be a way to accomplish this goal. While some MRI machines come with medical grade isolation transformers built into the equipment itself, this isn’t always the case. In those situations, it’s essential to utilize custom medical grade transformers as a supplemental measure. This will ensure that the power quality will remain at optimal levels without being negatively impacted by inrush current. Failure to protect your machine from surges or other power-related issues can jeopardize its ability to function as intended. Custom medical grade transformers can also ensure that the voltage supply is at proper levels to protect the longevity and functionality of the MRI machine, as well as other equipment within the facility.
Although hospital staff members are responsible for keeping patients safe and healthy, they simply can’t be charged with manually ensuring the power supply to essential equipment is adequate. To protect everyone at the facility and to safeguard your equipment, transformers will play an essential role. To learn more, please contact us today.