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12. 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.  This may include altering the bookings to minimise coil changes throughout the day.

The SCoR is currently working on a guidance document on manual handling due to be published in 2013.  Further information is available on the SCoR website: https://www.sor.org/trade-union-support/health-safety

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