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 original 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, including our company, Mednovus (booth #7801). Then I followed up with an itinerary for the Lakeside Center.
Continuing on that 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 Exhibit Hall A, the South Hall, where the GE mega-booth is located…
The South Exhibit Hall (Hall A) includes exhibitors with booth numbers from 2500 – 6632. 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.
2517 Department of Veteran Affairs – OK, not really MRI safety, per se, but I have to take this opportunity to give props for their development of the MRI Design Guide. If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by and thank them for it.
2812 • ProScan – This booth is really here at RSNA to tout ProScan’s education and telerad services, but ProScan is one of the industry leaders in MRI safety. Stop by and ask them what they’re doing with ferromagnetic detection at all of their corporate-owned imaging centers. They’re really establishing a benchmark.
3237 CFI Medical Solutions – Manufacturers of radio-lucent and non-metallic patient positioning aids. They’re on my list because I’d like to learn more about them.
3242 Aadco – They offer a clever ceiling suspension system for MRI support equipment, as well a a number of accessories, such as procedure lights and injector arms, to go with the ceiling. I dislike that they trademarked “MRI Safe”, but I do want to learn more about their MRI products.
3407 Schiller – A Swiss company that offers MR patient monitoring solutions.
3800 Magnacoustics – Magnacoustics makes audio systems for MRI.
4029 • GE Healthcare – GE has been one of the industry leaders in MRI safety, which makes it all the more inexplicable as to why they sell plain-old metal detectors (specifically recommended against) as MR accessories, but don’t make available recommended ferromagnetic detectors. Can you find out why?
4209 Medrad – Medrad offers a number of MR patient monitoring / medication delivery products and is undoubtedly on your ‘short list’ of MR accessory vendors.
4604 • Iradimed – Makers of the MRIdium infusion pump system, which is damn nifty, what with it’s wireless operation and readout. How does that work through an RF shield?
4605 Creative Foam Medical Systems – Is it just me, or do there seem to be quite a number of patient positioning vendors at RSNA this year? Here’s another one I am hoping to check out.
Now, because the South Hall is the biggest of the three, I’m actually going to break here and will have the remainder of my noteworthy MRI safety vendor list for the South Hall in a follow-up entry, coming very soon.
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 first half of the South Hall (Hall ‘A’). If you’d like to read my proposed itinerary for the North Hall B, please click here, or if you’d like to read the MR safety stops for the Lakeside Center, please click here.
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 Link