Analysis, comparison and representation of occupational exposure to a static magnetic field in a 3-T MRI site

Int J Occup Saf Ergon. 2020 Apr 10;1-10. doi: 10.1080/10803548.2020.1738114. Online ahead of print.

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to analyze exposure to the time-varying magnetic field caused by worker movements in a 3-T clinical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner. Measurements of the static magnetic field (B) in the proximity of the MRI scanner were performed to create a detailed map of the spatial gradient of B, in order to indicate the areas at high risk of exposure. Moreover, a personal exposure recording system was used in order to analyze and compare exposure to the static magnetic field during different routine procedures in MRI. We found that for all of the performed work activities, exposure was compliant with International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection levels. However, our findings confirm that there is great variability of exposure between different workers and suggest the importance of performing personal exposure measurements and of detailed knowledge of the magnetic field spatial distribution.

Keywords: electromagnetic fields; exposure assessment; magnetic resonance; occupational exposure.