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WHO RECOMMANDS FERROMAGNETIC DETECTORS


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MANUAL ON MRI SAFETY 2020
Ferromagnetic detectors: The use of conventional metal detectors in the MR environments that do not differentiate between ferrous and nonferromagnetic materials is not recommended. The use of ferromagnetic detection systems (FMDSs) is recommended as an adjunct to thorough and conscientious screening of persons and devices prior to being permitted into Zone IV. The use of FDMSs is considered a supplement to and not a replacement for a thorough screening practice.download entire manual



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MRI SAFETY PROGRAM ASSESSMENT CHECKLIST

- Device and object screening

- Designation of MR Safe / MR Conditional status

- Reporting of MR Safety incidents

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ACR TOOLKIT FOR PRACTICE SITES

MRI Safety Program Assessment will be required on Medical Physicist / MR Scientist´s annual QC test performed after July 1, 2016download excerpt



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Safety Guidelines for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Equipment in Clinical Use. Information related to Ferromagnetic Detectors is highlighted on pages: 26, 29, 38, 39, 43 and 58. read more


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The Joint Commission Revised Requirements for Diagnostic Imaging Standards can be downloaded from here:download pdf file

The Joint Commission Imaging Checklist from 2016 can be downloaded from here: download pdf file

Starting January 1, 2009 inpatient and outpatient accredited facilities will need to abide by the new Risk Management provisions of The Joint Commission Environment of Care standard. This new standard specifically cites Sentinel Event Alerts as one external reference that must be considered in defining risks. For MRI facilities, this automatically means Sentinel Event Alert #38

Sentinel Event Alert #38:
Preventing accidents and injuries in the MRI suite
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Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for Safety in MR Environment.

Guidance for Industry and FDA Staff

FDA recommends that you include one or more of the following as part of your medical device: dead-man brakes, gauss meters mounted on the medical device, and/or nonferromagnetic tethers. A gauss meter mounted on the medical device will not stop an object from being a projectile. However, a gauss meter mounted on the medical device that generates an audible or visual alarm may be helpful in alerting the user when a given static magnetic field is detected.

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FDA Patient Safety endorses ACR Guidance Document and Recommends it to All MRI Providers

On October 25th and 26th, 2011, FDA called a special session to address the increasing numbers of MRI accidents. Ferromagnetic Detectors were one of the main topics discussed at the meeting, and it was determined that when added to existing safety procedures, Ferromagnetic Detectors are a very helpful and needed tool for MRI Safety. watch video


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2018 GUIDELINES FOR DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF HEALTH CARE FACILITIES

In addition to the clinical and support areas in this section, Ferromagnetic (only) detection and warning systemsthe SHALL be provided in the MRI suite.

Please note that the word SHALL in a regulation means that it is NOT optional. When the FGI document is incorporated into state building codes, it becomes binding State Law

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NOW 30 STATES THAT ADOPTED FGI REQUIRE USE OF FERROMAGNETIC DETECTION SYSTEMS

All The Joint Commission accredited facilities MUST follow FGI’s standards, unless their own state-referenced standards already include the latest FGI provisions.

FGI Guidelines

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2020 DIRECTIVE
The New Imaging Services Design Guide from Department of Veterans Affairs Recommends Use of Ferromagnetic Detectors read more


VA MR HAZARD SUMMARY read more

 

 




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

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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.

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