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Use of arm infusion support for easy contrast injection

Application Tip
Nijenhuis, Marco Philips Healthcare Philips Global

Use of arm infusion support for easy contrast injection during an exam

If the MRI request form already indicates that scanning with contrast agent is needed, an infusion needle is inserted before the examination. However, the decision to administer contrast agent is often based on the first MRI images in the exam that are acquired without contrast agent.


If the need for contrast administration becomes clear during the exam, the patient is moved out of the magnet for the contrast injection. The examination will continue after insertion of the infusion needle or tube and administration of contrast agent.


The new arm infusion support device is designed to make this procedure more convenient for both the operator and the patient.


The arm infusion support can be used

  • with almost every coil
  • on every system
  • in combination with your trolley.

Positioning of the arm infusion support

The patient's body weight will stabilize the                Position the top corner of the infusion

arm infusion support.                                              support under the shoulder or the bottom

                                                                            of the patient.

When the patient is on the arm infusion support,

push it somewhat further under the patient.


In this way the support is far enough under the

patient to provide stable support during insertion

of an infusion needle.



When contrast agent need is determined during an examination:

  1. Move the patient partially out of the magnet. Keep the table partly within the bore to maintain the same off-center positioning.
  2. Position the arm infusion support, insert the infusion needle.
  3. Remove the arm infusion support and return the patient to the scan plane.



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