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Adoption of 2022 FGI Guidelines
- Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospitals / Guidelines for 2023
Hospitals in these 43 states with MRI facilities are REQUIRED the use of FERROMAGNETIC DETECTION SYSTEMS...
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ACR Manual on MRI SAFETY 2023
- American College of Radiology / Document from 2023
Screening for ferromagnetic materials by direct inspection and use of a FMDS is recommended prior to entering Zone III and Zone IV. Implanted and on-planted medical devices, both MR Conditional and MR Unsafe, may include ferromagnetic material (including batteries) that can lead to FMDS activation. The use of conventional metal detectors that do not differentiate between ferrous and nonferromagnetic materials is NOT recommended.. download the entire draft
MRI Safety Practice Observations in MRI Facilities
Within the Kingdom of Jordan

- DovePress / May 2022
The absence of ionizing radiation in MRI applications does not guarantee absolute safety. Implementing of safety guidelines can ensure high-quality practice in the clinical MRI with the minimum risk. For this purpose, this cross-section quantitative study conducted in Jordan Kingdom aimed to assess current MRI safety guidelines in comparison with those of 2020 Manual on MR Safety
of the American College of Radiology (ACR).
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Safety First! The potential for adverse events is rising in the MR suite
- HealthCare Business News / September 2021
The MR world is in a bit of a conundrum. Providers are camping up scan volumes to make up for missed exams (and missed reve- nue) during the lockdown phase of the pan- demic, yet the U.S is currently experiencing a shortage of technologists. If you do a search on the internet job board Indeed for MR tenhnologist openings in the country, almost 4,000 positions wiII appear. read more
Did MR Safety Take a Hit During COVID-19?
- Radiology Matters / August 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic upended health care throughout the world with near-capacity hospitalization rates, overworked staff, and new personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements. Patient and staff safety was often at the forefront of operational decisions made during the pandemic. But how did the pandemic impact MR safety? read more
Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for Safety in the Magnetic Resonance (MR) Environment
- Guidance for Industry and FDA Staff / May 2021
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. read more
VA Imaging Services Design Guide 2020
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs / August 2020
This document merges three prior documents, Radiology Design Guide, Nuclear Medicine Design Guide, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Design Guide, under a common Imaging Services Design Guide to better reflect contemporary realities of the technologies, clinical applications, and enterprise-wide usage of Imaging Services. read more
Forensic evidence sheds new light on Swedish MRI accident
- / March 2020
The detailed forensic evidence presented in the 195-page police report on the serious MRI accident in Swedish Lapland contains photos and descriptions of the metallic objects that were effectively turned into flying weapons before they became attached to the scanner. read more
Responsibility question surfaces in Swedish MRI accident
- / January 2020
Who bears formal responsibility for the serious MRI accident at Sunderby Hospital in Luleå, Swedish Lapland? This complex question appears to lie at the heart of the investigation that's still going on, and the answer may well set a legal precedent, according to experts. read more
Survey identifies false sense of security over MRI safety
- Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority / December 2019
A false sense of security exists when it comes to MRI safety, and many staff members are unaware of reported incidents within their own department, a large Swedish survey has found. The results were posted online on 13 December by European Radiology. read more
MRI safety: An urgent issue for an increasing crowd
- / November 2019
The cornerstone of a safe MRI workplace is repeated and updated MRI safety training and awareness.The number of MRI scanners is increasing, and scanners are also moving toward higher field strengths, both in private practice and at hospitals and institutions all over the world. Consequently, there is a large and increasing crowd of radiology staff.... read more
MRI Screening: What’s in Your Pocket?
- Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority / May 2019
The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority was asked to review reports of MRI screening events submitted to the Authority. A query and analysis were completed of MRI screening events submitted from 2009 through 2017 through the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System (PA-PSRS), which identified 1,108 screening events. read more
Joint Commission Advanced Imaging Accreditation Includes MRI Safety!
- / April 2019
A few weeks ago the announcements came down, CMS had ‘deemed’ three organizations to accredit the new classification of Advanced Imaging in order to be eligible for Medicare & Medicaid reimbursement: the American College of Radiology (ACR), the Intersocietal Commission, and the Joint Commission (TJC).. read more
The New Joint Commission requirements
- / March 2019
The data analysis software allows for effortless generation of reports for The Joint Commission inspections. It also allows for analysis of safety trends that can be shared throughout the entire hospital system.  . read more
Is your facility following the rules of the road for MRI safety?
- Radiology Today / February 2019
Although people often assume that MRI is safe because it doesn't use ionizing radiation to produce images, this accident and others like it demonstrate that MRI demands proper precaution. . read more
Kopp Development Inc, the leading manufacturer of Ferromagnetic Detectors for MRI Safety, now provides Ferromagnetic Incident Log Manager, F.I.L.M.
- HealthCare Business News / September, 2018
This porduct was designed to facilitate compliance with the new safety standards set by The Joint Commision and to assist with Root Cause Analysis. read more
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
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
$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
- / 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
- / 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 more
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Europe plays catch-up on MRI Safety
- / 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 / October, 2015
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
- / 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
- / 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
- / 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
Ex Vivo testing of a Ferromagnetic Detector for Evaluation of Bullets and Aneurysm

- University of Pennsylvania Hospital/ Division of Neuroradiology, Department of Radiology 2006
A Potential Screening Device Prior to MR of Patients with Metal of Unknown Magnetic Properties read more
ECRI's report on MRI safety
- / 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