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Acoustic analysis of gradient-coil noise in MR imaging

, : Acoustic analysis of gradient-coil noise in MR imaging. Radiology 173(2): 545-548

A survey was conducted of acoustic noise levels in magnetic resonance (MR) imaging systems. Static magnetic flux and radio-frequency pulses did not affect the function of shielded sound-pressure detection equipment. Noise levels were measured at bore isocenter during a variety of imaging sequences in six MR imaging systems with magnetic fields of 0.35-1.5 T. Measured noise ranged from 82 to 93 dB on the A-weighted scale and from 84 to 103 dB on the linear scale. Noise levels increased during sequences employing thinner section thickness and shorter repetition and echo times and were independent of field strength. Gradient-coil noise in MR imaging is an annoyance but is well within safety guidelines.


PMID: 2798888

DOI: 10.1148/radiology.173.2.2798888

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