Neonatal life support during magnetic resonance imaging

J Med Eng Technol. Mar-Apr 2002;26(2):71-4. doi: 10.1080/03091900210127915.


Magnetic resonance techniques are required frequently for the assessment of the brain of ill neonates. In the present study, the effects of a 1.5 T MR scanner on devices for life support were assessed. A ventilator (Dräger Babylog 2000) was tested in the 1.5 T magnet, using a neonatal ventilation tester and 1.5-5 m tubes. In a special MR incubator, temperature and humidity were measured at 1-min intervals. Infusion was tested with the pump outside the magnet room: infusion rates and time to alarm were tested with 7-m tubes. The ventilator performed normally at a magnetic field line of 2 mT, although the alarms failed. The incubator created a temperature of 35.9 degrees C and humidity of 40.7%, which was acceptable for examinations of 45 min. The alarm limits of the infusion pump placed outside the magnet at 7 m were within company limits. The study indicates that magnetic resonance examinations can be performed safely in ill preterm neonates who require life-support devices.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Brain / pathology
  • Humans
  • Incubators, Infant / adverse effects
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infusion Pumps / adverse effects
  • Intensive Care, Neonatal
  • Life Support Systems*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / adverse effects
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / instrumentation
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Magnetics / adverse effects
  • Monitoring, Physiologic / adverse effects
  • Monitoring, Physiologic / instrumentation
  • Safety