Pumps and heavy machinery don't mix
Devices to be wary of include:
- X-ray machinesComputed tomography scan machines
- Computed tomography scan machines (CT or CAT)
- Magnetic resonance imaging machines (MRI)
In addition, strong magnetic fields can be found around lifts that mechanics use to hoist cars and even some amusement park rides.
If you think you are going to be exposed to high EMFs, especially during a medical procedure, many pump manufacturers recommend removing the pump and leaving it outside of the area where the machine is located. For more information, be sure to consult your pump manufacturer as well as your doctor, who can tell you what to do should you need to remove your pump.
Reviewed by Francine Kaufman, MD. 4/08
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