For years Kopp Development Inc. has been leading the way in ferromagnetic detection for MRI Safety. Our reputation and extensive field record speak for themselves. Today, our FerrAlert™ products are being used in many well-known and respected medical centers.
FerrAlert™ is the only ferromagnetic detection system on the market that has extensive, long-term documented performance. A scientific paper on FerrAlert™, co-written by Dr. Emanuel Kanal and Dr. Steven Thomas, was presented at the ASNR 43rd Annual Meeting.
“The apparatus shows excellent sensitivity and specificity for detecting even small ferromagnetic articles on patients prior to MR imaging.”
Emanuel Kanal, MD, FACR, FISMRM, AANG
Chair of the ACR Panel on MRI Safety
Professor of Radiology and Neuroradiology
University of Pittsburg Medical Center
From Inspector General Review
On April 10, 2008 INSPECTOR GENERAL released a review of one of our VA customers facility; Independent Outpatient Clinic, Columbus, OH in which the Ferrous Metal Detector Initiative was sited as an "organizational strength" and a "reported accomplishment".
“A ferromagnetic object taken into the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) magnet’s stray field can be pulled into the magnet’s core at high speed causing serious injury, damage, and downtime. This phenomenon is known as the “projectile effect.” Serious incidents of the “projectile effect” have been reported by numerous medical institutions and have involved such objects as gas cylinders, chairs, respirators, intravenous poles, and smaller objects. Such occurrences can result in the loss of imaging time due to repairs and/or result in injury to patients or staff. The Radiology Supervisor recognized the need to initiate ferrous metal screening and installed two detectors in the MRI suite. The detectors are used as ancillary screening devices to improve patient safety by supplementing traditional safety programs, training, and primary screening methods.”