Safety in the MR Environment: Ferromagnetic Projectile Objects in the MRI Scanner Room
MedSun: Newsletter #39, August 2009

Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory

Between June 2004 and December 2008, the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority received 27 reports of objects becoming projectiles in the MR environment, 16 ferromagnetic items that were brought into the MRI scanner room without becoming projectiles, and 5 ferromagnetic items almost allowed into the MRI scanner room. Proper MR screening practices for ferromagnetic items and establishing protocols for identifying and labeling equipment that can and cannot be brought into the scanner room will help reduce the risk of objects becoming projectiles within the MR environment.

Additional Information:

Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory. Safety in the MR Environment: Ferromagnetic Projectile Objects in the MRI Scanner Room. June 2009.
http://www.patientsafetyauthority.org/ADVISORIES/AdvisoryLibrary/2009/Jun6(2)/Pages/56.aspx

FDA Medical Device Safety page. MRI Safety. June 25, 2009.
http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/ucm135362.htm


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