Frequently asked Questions

What does the MR Diagnostics Incubator System nomag® IC contain?

The standard system consists of the MR incubator, a trolley featuring a power supply for intra-hospital transport, an 8-channels head array coil, three MR-conditional gas cylinders and a pressure reducer featuring flow regulator.

Which MR-coils are available?

Head array coil: The 8-channels head array coil is a receiving coil with a cylindrical design. It is used during head examinations and is approved for 1.5T and 3.0T magnetic resonance imaging scanners from GE, Philips and Siemens.

Body array coil: The 12-channels body array coil is suitable for examining the abdomen, heart and spinal column. The coil is made up of two parts: The first part featuring eight channels is integrated in the lying surface, and the second part featuring four channels is placed above the patient on a coil holder. The body array coil is approved for 1.5T and 3.0T magnetic resonance imaging scanners from Philips and Siemens.

Can other MR-coils also be used in the MR Diagnostics Incubator System nomag® IC for examination purposes?

No. Only MR-coils supplied by LMT may be used. Only these MR-coils are specially designed for the incubator climate and are approved for compatibility with the MR incubator.

Which patient sizes is the nomag® IC suitable for?

The nomag® IC is suitable for premature and newborn babies weighing up to 4,500 g, with a head circumference of around 40 cm and a maximum body length of around 55 cm.

Can the MR-coils be used on different scanners?

Yes, as long as they are the same scanner type and the compatible software is installed on every scanner. Every coil is coordinated to the requirements of the relevant scanner manufacturer and the field strength.

Can you also use the MR Diagnostics Incubator System nomag® IC 3.0T on a 1.5T MRI scanner?

Yes, the nomag® IC 3.0T can be used both on 1.5T and 3.0T MRI scanners thanks to its special design. However, it must be combined with the MR coil appropriate to the field strength.

Can the entire system be slid into the MR-room?

Yes. The MR incubator, trolley and gas supply can be slid into the MR-room.

Can the trolley remain in the MR-room during examinations?

No. The uninterruptible power supply has no electromagnetic shielding and would cause artefacts during the MR examination. For this reason, the trolley must remain outside the MR-room during the examination.

How does is an examination performed using the MR Diagnostics Incubator System nomag® IC?

The patient is relocated to the neonatal intensive care ward. Then, they are transported to the radiology ward and the MRI examination is performed. After the examination, the patient is brought back from the radiology ward to the intensive care ward, where they are again relocated to the in-patient incubator.

How is the patient protected from the high noise level during the MR examination?

Thanks to the dual-wall structure of the MR incubator, the noise level around the patient is lowered by around 12 – 15 dB (A). The additional use of ear protection (MiniMuffs®) means that a total reduction of up to 20 dB (A) is achieved.

Can the MR Diagnostics Incubator System nomag® IC be used for transport in a helicopter or aeroplane?

The nomag® IC is not approved for transport in aeroplanes and helicopters.

Should the patient receive a general anaesthetic for the MR examination?

Over the last 8 years, users of the MR incubator system in a clinical context have no longer considered a general anaesthetic as being necessary for performing the MR examination in the nomag® IC. Thanks to the stable climate, the noise reduction and all precautionary measures being taken on the intensive care ward, the entire examination can be performed without a general anaesthetic. In the case of very small patients, it has proven very helpful to immobilise their feet directly before the examination. Larger and/or older newborns may require mild sedation.

Are there different trolleys?

Yes. You can choose between a trolley for intra hospital transport and an ambulance trolley. The ambulance trolley is available in different versions (e.g. Stollenwerk, Ferno).

Can we also order the nomag® IC without the trolley or gas supply?

No. MR incubators, multi-channel head array coils, trolleys and gas supplies only satisfy the normative requirements of a transport incubator system as complete system. For this reason, you can only order the system in full.