(This is a continuation of my recommended MRI safety vendor itinerary, starting at the North Hall, which you can read about here.)
Our company, Mednovus, is making the annual pilgrimage to Chicago after Thanksgiving for the biggest of all radiology trade shows, the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting. In my prior post I indicated why I thought MRI safety would be a ‘hot topic’ at this year’s RSNA, and gave an itinerary for the North Hall (the Philips Hall) for stops at relevant vendors.
Continuing on that original theme, and to facilitate your review of MRI safety products and vendors, I’d like to suggest an itinerary for visiting a select group of exhibitors, this time in Lakeside Center (Exhibit Hall D)…
Lakeside Center includes exhibitors with booth numbers from 100 – 2225. And while I won’t pretend to know what each exhibitor offers (so, clearly I won’t be able to identify all relevant MR safety products that might be featured at each exhibitor, please forgive any oversights), I would like to provide you with a short-list of stops that I recommend that you make.
Some of these are on my list because I know and recommend their products (look for the •), others are there because they’re new (to me at least) and I’m curious to learn more about them.
108 Polyform – With RF burns being one of the fastest-growing sources of MRI patient injury, positioning / insulating pads have recently become far more important. I’m interested to see what this vendor has to offer.
115 Advanced Imaging Research – A specialty RF coil manufacturer with pediatric and cardiac coils. They also offer non-magnetic accessories.
124 LMT Lammers – Manufacturers of special infant / neonatal MR imaging devices, an MR-friendly incubator.
803 • West Physics Consulting – More than just a ‘necessary evil’ for accreditation, a good physicist can help extend the life of your MR system and improve clinical image quality. West is one of the top providers out there.
820 IMRIS – OK, not specifically about safety, but how neat is an MRI that travels into the operating room!
825 • Siemens – Siemens is now offering not only the Mednovus ferromagnetic detectors (see Mednovus at booth 7801 in the North Hall), but MR safety packages of support equipment! Seek out Siemens’ accessories representatives and ask them.
1202 Optoacoustics – Manufacturers of fiberoptic video and audio systems for the MRI environment.
1209 American Association of Physicists in Medicine – Let’s start a groundswell. AAPM published a guide on MRI siting and safety about 25 years ago, back when we still called it nMRI. Let’s get 100 people to ask them when they’re updating that publication (publication #20)!
1213C • SMRT – For MR Technologists, this is THE organization. Great educational opportunities, and one of our industry’s very few concerted efforts at advancing MRI safety.
1213E • AHRA – For radiology or MR managers, this is on-par with what SMRT is for Techs. (note: if you’re a lead-tech with one foot on either side of that line, get involved in both organizations!)
1213L AIA-AAH – The Architectural profession’s healthcare group really needs our help with regard to radiology. I’ll give you a dollar if you simply go up and ask them what the AIA’s position on the designer’s role in addressing a 277% increase in MRI accidents!
1302 Nova Biomedical – Offers a point-of-care blood tester for calculating eGFR for Gadolinium contrast safety screening. I’d like to see it.
1409 Brainlab – Like IMRIS, I just love the idea of intraoperative MR. I don’t know if they’re doing as much about intraoperative MR safety as I know IMRIS is doing. But I’ve gotta look at their latest toys.
1632E NORAS MRI Products – In RSNA’s ‘Germantown’ NORAS offers a number of specialty MR coils and support products.
As before, there are likely vendors not on this list because (1) I either forgot or didn’t know about their product offerings, (2) they’re ‘old standby’s’ that I’m already familiar with, or (3) they’re in a different exhibit hall.
Which segues, nicely, into my (repeated) disclaimer that the above list is just for the Lakeside Center, Hall D. If you’d like to read my proposed itinerary for the North Hall B, please click here. Time permitting, I’ll do the same for the South Exhibit Hall A (the GE Hall), though making that list will require reviewing the largest number of vendors thus far.
If you’d like to conduct your own virtual tour of the RSNA exhibit halls, they offer a wonderful interactive floor plan of the exhibit halls online. You can see which booths I failed to mention (and add your suggestions in the comment field, below), or plan your own itinerary for all three Halls.
I will, of course, be doing some duty in the Mednovus booth, 7801 (just inside the North Hall B entrance that is NOT right next to Starbucks), and I hope that you’ll stop in and say ‘hi’ to me or my colleagues. Depending upon how ensconced I get in those conversations, this list may turn out to be a bigger proportion of my RSNA experience than actually getting to the other exhibits!Tobias Gilk, President & MRI Safety Director Mednovus, Inc. Tobias.Gilk@Mednovus.com www.MEDNOVUS.com