Safety aspects of radiofrequency power deposition in magnetic resonance

Magn Reson Imaging Clin N Am. 1998 Nov;6(4):775-89.


Radio frequency fields used in MR imaging may result in patient heating. This article reviews the physics, physiology, and safety considerations of radio frequency heating of patients during MR examinations. Frequently, monitoring equipment, implants, braces, surface coils, or other devices are introduced into the patient vicinity. A section investigates safety aspects of such devices. Appropriate limits for radio frequency power deposition during MR examinations are explored.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biophysical Phenomena
  • Biophysics
  • Body Temperature / radiation effects*
  • Heart / radiation effects
  • Hot Temperature / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / adverse effects*
  • Mathematics
  • Radio Waves / adverse effects*
  • Radiometry
  • Safety*