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Do M.R.I. Scans Cause Any Harm?
- The New York Times / June, 2017
Most concerns about M.R.I.s involve people with metal, such as shrapnel, embedded in their bodies, or someone with an implanted medical device, like a cochlear implant or an older pacemaker. read more
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Strong MRI safety programs prevent safety events
- QuickSafety by The Joint Commission / March, 2017
Hospitals and imaging centers that offer the MRI diagnostic modality should maintain a comprehensive MRI safety program in order to mitigate the potential risks to patients, staff and visitors. read more
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$148.000,00 Settelment for TATA Memorial technologist in FREAK 2014 MRI Accident
- Mumbai Mirror / February 05, 2017
An employee of a Tata Memorial Hospital, who had, in a freak accident in 2014, remained stuck to an MRI machine for four hours after a ward boy walked into the room carrying an oxygen cylinder ... read more
The Importance of Ferromagnetic Detection Systems
- MRIcas.com / November 19, 2016
Ferromagnetic Detection Systems, also referred to as FMDS, are being used in today’s world for a variety of purposes. The use of these systems in MRI environments holds a prominent place out of them. . read more
FerrAlert™ new MR safety product from Kopp Development, will comply with Joint Commission standards
- DOTmed.com / November 21, 2016
Kopp Development Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of ferromagnetic detectors for MRI Safety, is proud to announce the release of the new accessory for their latest entryway system, read more
NQF Patient Safety Terms and Definitions
- National Quality Forum / April, 2016
In order to standardize patient safety terminology and their definitions, a review process was initiated at the National Quality Forum (NQF) to collate, review and finalize a standardized set of terms that will be utilized in NQF patient safety programs and products. read more
Design Standards for Imaging Installations
- HFM Daily / December, 2015
For the first time, the Joint Commission is requiring accredited providers to comply with new modality-specific imaging standards as a part of their accreditation. read more
The Joint Commission National Patient Safety
- Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation / March, 2015
The excerpt highlights TJC goals regarding Clinical Alarms.read more
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Europe plays catch-up on MRI Safety
- AuntMinnie.com / March, 2015
One seemingly small mistake while performing an MRI study can result in a serious accident that might injure patients and staff or damage equipment. While the delegation of an MRI safety officer at each site is strongly recommended, few centers have as yet implemented this in practice. read more
MHRA Safety Guidelines for MRI
- MHRA / November, 2014
This document contains an extensive expansion of the recommendation of Ferromagnetic Detectors. Parts concerning Ferromagnetic Detection Systems are highlighted. read more
Designers' Role In Preventing MRI Projectile Accidents
- RAD-Planning / April, 2014
One of the most frequent injury types is magnetic projectiles. While the total number of reported projectile injuries is less than the cumulative number of all MRI burn types, projectile accident numbers compete with each of the three main different burn types, individually, and projectile accidents represent some of the most serious injuries, from broken bones, to death. read more
MRI Suite Design: 2013 Trend Report
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging / June, 2013
Include safety, functionality and patient comfort considerations when planning new MRI facilities. read more
MRI Safety Still a Concern, But National Guidance Lacking
- Diagnostic Imaging / July 2012
Last October, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a meeting to examine the biggest MRI safety concerns and outline best practices to reduce injuries associated with the scans. So far, however, the industry has received no national guidance on how to accomplish this goal. read more
Dangers in MR - Safety First and Always
- ASRT Scanner Magazine / January, 2012
MRI is the only modality in radiology where simply walking into a room could kill someone. The number of reports of MR accidents, injuries and adverse events has climbed at an alarming rate in recent years. read more
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Safety
- MVHA HANDBOOK / July, 2012
This Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Handbook provides procedures for the safe conduct of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Authority: Title 38 United States Code 7301(b) and Title 38 Code of Federal Regulations 17.38. read more
FGI adds metal detection to MRI building codes
- AuntMinnie.com / March, 2012
The Facilities Guidelines Institute (FGI), publisher of Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities, has released its updated list of U.S. states that have adopted the most recent edition of the building code as their state license standards. read more
MRI Safety 10 Years Later
- Tobias Gilk, M.Arch. HSDQ, and Robert J. Latino / December, 2011
What can we learn from the accident that killed Michael Colombini? read more
MRI Safety Toolkit
- Amerinet / September, 2011
Does your healthcare facility’s safety culture include a comprehensive program on MRI Safety? read more
Practice Advisory on Anesthetic Care for MRI
- American Society of Anesthesiologists / November, 2009
Advisory Statement: The anesthesiologist should work in collaboration with the MRI medical director or designee (e.g., safety officer) to ensure that all anesthesia team personnel entering zone III or IV have been screened for the presence of ferromagnetic materials, foreign bodies, or implanted devices. read more
MRI Hazards and Safety Guideline
- Willis HRH Technical Advisory Bulletin/ Augus, 2009
A comprehensive MRI safety program is a must for any health care provider with a zero tolerance for MRI errors. A zero tolerance protocol should be built on three basic steps. read more
MRI Safety at 3T versus 1.5T
- The Internet Journal of World Health and Societal Politics / October, 2009
The purpose of this article is to educate medical professionals on the safety concerns that arise when a healthcare organizations converts from a 1.5 Tesla MRI scanner to a 3 Tesla MRI scanner. read more
The Next Step in MRI Safety
- Biomed Today / March, 2008
An automatic continuously operating scanning system located at each entry to all MR scan rooms would be ideal and this need has been met. Kopp Development, Inc, has brought to market a ferromagnetic detector which can be tailored to fit into pre-existing doorways or operated as free standing walkthrough devices. read more
Health Facilities Management: “Codes and Standards"
- MRI-Planning / May, 2007
For decades, MRI suite layout has been a one-step process for design professionals, largely consisting of copying and pasting the MRI vendor´s template into the floor plan. read more
MR guidelines: Elevating standards of practice and care
- AuntMinnie.com / May, 2007
One of the very first statements in the ACR document is that facilities are to appoint an MR safety officer, an individual to take charge of safety issues at that site. While it is every clinician's and technologist's duty to uphold safety principles, when responsibility for safety is delegated outward to the extreme ends, we then rely on each individual to practice safety effectively and in concert with the individual practices of others to achieve the overall goals of the site. read more
MRI Suites: Safety Outside the Bore
- Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare / October, 2006
MRI suites hold unique dangers for patients and staff. Today's high-strength clinical MRI scanners are up to 60,000 times the strength of the Earth's own ambient magnetic field. read more
Magnet room equipment and furnishings
- AuntMinnie.com / July, 2006
Everyone who has read articles about the MRI suite learned long ago that iron-containing, or ferromagnetic, materials present significant hazards to patients and staff. read more
ECRI's report on MRI safety
- AuntMinnie.com / March, 2006
MR Safety: The Latest on the Safe Use of Equipment in the Magnetic Resonance Environment," addresses a number of patient safety issues that have grown out of technology and operational changes that occurred in 2005. read more
Abstract on FerrAlert™ from ASNR 2005 Proceedingst
- Kopp Development Inc / May, 2005
The purpose of this study was to test a novel new ferromagnetic detector to screen patients prior to MR imaging. Unlike conventional metal detectors, this system is able to differentiate between ferromagnetic objects and nonferromagnetic ones. read more
M.R.I.'s Strong Magnets Cited in Accidents
- The New York Times / August, 2005
The police officer whose pistol flew out of his holster and shot a wall as it hit the magnet. The sprinkler repairman whose acetylene tank was yanked inside, breaking its valve and starting a fire that razed the building. read more
MRI Scanner Accidents on the Rise
- abcNEWS / August, 2005
Magnetic resonance imaging has been called the most important tool for doctors since the X-ray was invented more than 100 years ago, but an article in The New York Times on Friday is calling the safety of the machines into question. read more
Dangerous Attraction - MRI equipment siting is very important
- MRI-Planning / October, 2005
Most MRI facilities are well aware of the operational aspects of MR safety that pertain to clinical practice and patient-care activities. Filling out a longer screening form and keeping techs current on their continuing education units help address safety issues, and may do so without additional costs. read more
MRI Facility Safety -Understanding the Risks of Powerful Attraction
- Radiology Today / October, 2005
Diagnostic imaging professionals who work with MR equipment understand and accept that its enormous power also carries potential risk. What they may not realize, however, is that terrible accidents—like one in Valhalla, N.Y., in 2001 that killed a 6-year-old boy—are not simply flukes attributable to a facility’s momentary negligence. read more
10 Questions To Ask Your MRI Provider
- Kopp Development Inc. / September, 2005
Is your facility and are the technologist(s) who will be performing the scans ACR accredited for MRI? Does your MRI facility comply with the ACR’s 4-zone safety and screening protocols? read more
Patient Death Illustrates the Importance of MRI Safety
- ECRI / August, 2001
A recent incident, widely reported in the news media, occurred in a magnetic resonance (MR) scan room of a hospital near New York City. According to reports, a young patient suffered a fatal blow to the head from a metal oxygen canister that flew into the MR system where the patient was lying. read more