MRI Fire Extinguisher

Q: Do the accreditation organizations require a fire extinguisher inside the MRI room, or can it be located in the MRI control room?

A: The accreditation organizations would follow what NFPA 10 requires. NFPA 10-2010 has limitations on travel distance for portable extinguishers. An extinguisher inside the room with the magnet is not required provided the travel distance to get to the extinguisher meets the requirements set forth in NFPA 10. As an example: The maximum travel distance to get to a Class A extinguisher is 75 feet. But the travel distance to get to a Class B extinguisher is either 30 feet or 50 feet, depending on the capacity of the extinguisher and the level of hazard for the potential fire. But to answer your question, I don’t think the accreditors would require an extinguisher inside the MRI room, provided you do not exceed the travel distance to retrieve it. Also, be aware you need a non-ferrous extinguisher, but I’m sure you already knew that.