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14. Manual handling in MRI

Manual handling within an MR unit frequently involves the moving and positioning of cumbersome coils, heavy phantoms, other equipment and patients.

  • It is advisable for departments to ensure that there are storage units for coils at a corresponding height to the MR table top to avoid staff frequently lifting coils from floor to table top.  If this is not feasible, for example on a mobile unit, appropriate measures should be put in place to minimise risks following a risk assessment. This may include, for example, altering the bookings to minimise coil changes throughout the day.

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