Issues of Safety in the Use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
MedSun: Newsletter #18, November 2007

"New Guidelines on MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) Safety," a July 2007 Patient Safety Network show featured a discussion of serious patient injuries associated with MR procedures. Incidents range from burns from electrodes and cables during MRI examinations to injuries and death from flying metallic objects brought into the MR unit.

Life-threatening and fatal MR-associated accidents are of continuing concern to the radiology community. To help reduce patient risk during MR procedures, the American College of Radiology (ACR) has issued a comprehensive update of ACR Guidance Document for Safe MR Practices, its 2004 white paper on MR safety. The update, Guidance Document for Safe MR Practices: 2007, covers every aspect of MR safety and includes useful information for nonradiology personnel who prepare patients for MR procedures.

Additional Information:

New Guidelines on MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) Safety
http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/psn/transcript.cfm?show=65#7

Guidance Document for Safe MR Practices: 2007
http://www.acr.org/SecondaryMainMenuCategories/quality_safety/MRSafety/safe_mr07.aspx


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