ROSSLYN, Va.—Today, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) published NEMA MS 8-2016 Characterization of the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Systems.
"MS 8 was substantially revised to consider the implications of higher field systems, larger bore sizes, and new sensor technologies," said Michael Steckner, senior manager, MR Research at Toshiba, and MITA MR technical committee chair.
MS 8 is one of a series of test standards developed by the medical diagnostic industry that measures performance parameters related to the safety of magnetic resonance imaging systems. These test standards are intended for the use of equipment manufacturers, prospective purchasers, and users alike. MS 8 describes calorimetric and pulse energy methods of whole-body SAR measurements, and specifies tests for volume radio frequency transmit coils that produce relatively homogeneous radio frequency fields.
NEMA MS 8-2016 is available in hard copy for $87 and as an electronic download at no cost on the NEMA website.
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) represents 350 electrical and medical imaging manufacturers at the forefront of electrical safety, reliability, resilience, efficiency, and energy security. Our combined industries account for more than 400,000 American jobs and more than 7,000 facilities across the United States. Domestic production exceeds $114 billion per year and exports top $50 billion.