PURPOSE: To assess personal time-weighted average (TWA) static magnetic field and time-varying magnetic field exposure for several system testing tasks routinely conducted by engineers at an MRI manufacturing plant. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Personal exposure was measured using a personal dosimeter that measured B and dB/dt in all three orthogonal directions with a 1 Hz frequency. TWA exposure was calculated and random effects and linear mixed effects models were used to assess exposure levels and variability. RESULTS: Whereas full-body peak (2T) and TWA (200 mT/8 h) exposure limits for the static magnetic field originally proposed by ICNIRP were not exceeded, time-varying magnetic field peaks (dB/dt) did exceed the proposed threshold value (767.9 mT/s) suggested by IEEE on several occasions at the 3.0 Tesla (T) whole-body cylindrical system. CONCLUSION: TWA exposure levels are well below the proposed limit values, but peak exposure limits are exceeded during certain procedures performed on 1.0T to 3.0T systems
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