Dräger Medical, Inc., an American subsidiary of Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA, has just announced that its MRI-compatible Fabius anesthesia machine has received FDA clearance. From now on sedating and anesthetizing all those wiggly toddlers and demented gomers, who only move at the wrong time, will be easier and safer: no flying oxygen tanks, no five meter ventilating circuits.
The Fabius MRI is designed for use with 1.5T and 3.0T MRI systems. An integrated Teslameter provides an acoustic alarm if the Fabius MRI is positioned within a field strength greater than 40mTesla (400 Gauss).
The Fabius MRI employs the same user interface as Draeger’s Fabius GS, Fabius Tiro and Apollo machines, creating a uniform and consistent interface for the anesthesia provider wherever anesthesia is required. The size of the MRI system often requires the anesthesia provider to be outside the room or some distance away from the device during an examination. To accommodate this, additional optical alarm displays (LEDs) at the top of the system provide visual indication for all alarm conditions for the safety of the patient in this specialized environment.
The Fabius MRI also continues the same quality of care to which clinical personnel are accustomed – from the OR application to the MRI environment. The standard configuration includes the advanced ventilation modes (volume and pressure controlled, pressure support and SIMV) that are especially needed for the care of premature infants, newborns, and ICU patients and makes them available for use in this environment.
The high-speed piston ventilator provides controlled compliance compensation, even with the longer ventilation tubes often used in the MRI environment, providing for even the smallest infant.