A survey of MRI quality assurance programmes

C J Koller; J P Eatough; P J Mountford; G Frain
July 2006
British Journal of Radiology;Jul2006, Vol. 79 Issue 943, p592
Academic Journal
There are currently no national guidelines on appropriate quality assurance (QA) test frequencies for MRI equipment in clinical use. From a random selection of 45 hospitals in England, who were contacted by phone, 35 hospitals agreed to participate in a survey of MRI QA and were sent a questionnaire requesting information on the range and frequency of QA tests, as well as the staff groups who conduct these tests. Twenty-four completed replies were received, representing a 68% response rate from the distributed questionnaires. Of these, 79% undertook some form of QA, typically conducted by the radiographic staff. Tests were most often undertaken on the head coil, but there was a considerable variation in the frequency and range of tests undertaken at different hospitals. For example, exactly half of the respondents conducted signal to noise ratio (SNR) tests on both head and body coils, but only 13% of centres extended this test to other coils. Results from this survey should inform radiology departments regarding practice at other hospitals and should assist in formulating the frequency and scope of appropriate MRI QA programmes.


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