MRI Site Planning

Scientific Magnetics engineers have two decades of experience in the site planning of NMR and

MRI systems. We can provide advice to customers on site-related issues and environmental

factors affecting system performance:


Peripheral Equipment Rooms (power supplies and RF equipment)

Safe storage of cryogens

Effect of structural steel on magnet homogeneity and asymmetric electromagnetic forces

Effect of ferromagnetic objects within magnet stray field

Effect of moving ferrous objects (elevators, vehicular traffic, lift trucks)

Effect of AC fields from power cables and electrical switchgear on NMR line-shape stability

Effect of floor and airborne vibrations on cryostat integrity and overall system stability

Calculate acceptable distance from magnet centre to any ferromagnetic object or adjacent magnets

Calculate effect of energising/ de-energising a magnet system on adjacent magnets

Advise on Radio Frequency Shielding, including design of wave-guides and other services into magnet room

Magnet system rigging into building / magnet room

Advise on appropriate use of concrete and other reinforcing materials during building design phase

Advise on static and dynamic floor loading capacity

Advise on design of isolated floor slabs

Advise on design and construction of access pits

Access for cryogens

Design of quench ducting

Ceiling height requirements for servicing with ancillary components

Controlled access to magnet room and stray magnetic field



Air Conditioning specifications for optimised system stability


Single and three-phase electrical supplies for installation and operation


Chilled water supply for cold-heads


Health and safety issues associated with high magnetic fields and use of cryogenic gases in confined spaces.


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