Cutting Edge Cooling
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines are among the most valuable pieces of equipment in a hospital’s possession; not just in terms of cost, but also in terms of versatility. Providing patients with a complete image of their internal systems is an important step in diagnosing and treating a wide number of health problems. As a complicated piece of machinery, an MRI machine has incredibly specific cooling needs to keep it operational.
MRI Room Cooling Needs
If you have ever walked into an MRI room, either for yourself or to assist another patient, you know it is not the most comfortable place to be. Cooling the ambient air in an MRI room not only protects the equipment from heat stress, but also provides patients with added comfort during a lengthy and sometimes stressful medical procedure.
The magnets used in an MRI machine are incredibly powerful and can put off a lot of heat. Excessive heat within the machinery itself can lead to costly helium leaks as well as inaccurate image results for the patient.
What Does an MRI Chiller Need?
Industrial chillers typically consist of a compressor, evaporator, expansion valve, and a condenser. MRI chillers require a few additional components to effectively cool an MRI machine.
Advanced Temperature Controller
MRI chillers are highly specialized for a number of reasons. MRI machines do not operate at a constant, even power load. Their power usage and heat output ramp up quickly, so an effective MRI chiller needs to be able to dissipate that heat just as quickly.
The most effective MRI chillers are accompanied by a top of the line microprocessor that can react quickly to the shock of rapid load surges and keep temperatures under control.
Industrial chillers have different compressor types available to them: centrifugal, screw, reciprocating, and scroll. MRI chillers most commonly include a scroll compressor because they operate at lower sound and vibration levels. On their own, MRI machines operate so loudly that patients are provided with ear protection. Operating a quieter MRI chiller reduces the sonic stress for hospital staff and patients.
Emergency By-pass Valve
Hospitals cannot afford to go dark if any power interruption occurs. Most hospital systems have emergency generators that can keep life-saving machinery up and running. However, MRI chillers require both electricity and water supply. MRI chillers needs to have a bypass valve that allows them to switch over to city water flow in the event of an emergency. This emergency by-pass valve ensures that MRI equipment is provided with cooling under any circumstances.
Medical Cooling From North Slope Chillers
In the bio-medical industry, process cooling should never be an afterthought. Hospitals need reliable chilling to protect patients, lab samples, and critical equipment. North Slope Chillers portable industrial chillers provide essential cooling for a wide variety of bio-medical needs. Contact us about your bio-medical chilling needs: (866) 826-2993 [email protected]