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9. MR phantoms

MR phantoms are utilised in performance testing of the MR system; they are generally filled with aqueous paramagnetic solutions.

9.1 Storage and handling of phantoms

MR departments should follow the manufacturers’ guidance on the storage and handling of MR phantoms.  A record should be kept detailing the contents of each phantom; this record should be passed to fire departments in the event of a fire in the MR scanner. The fluid content of some MR phantoms can be toxic e nickel. Local rules should define protocols for dealing with phantom spillages in accordance with COSHH 23 regulations. Protocols for the general use of phantoms should also be stipulated in the local rules.

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