New To MRImetalDetector?

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First, welcome to my humble site. I strive to make information available and accessible about MRI safety and the special breed of metal detectors (called ferromagnetic detectors) that can help strengthen MRI safety.

If you came here from an internet search (such as Google, or Bing), you may be surprised to be reading this instead of an article loaded with the keywords that you were searching for. This site is updated fairly regularly, so the search terms you used may have pointed you to a blog entry that has moved ‘down’ the list, as newer ones have been written. Nothing that has been posted has been removed, so you may want to repeat your search here on the site (the search box up and to the right on the main page).

If you got here by following a link from another content page, please let them know how much I appreciate that they gave you the opportunity to visit.

You’ll find a variety of information here. If you’re generally curious about the blog, itself, check out ‘About MRI Metal Detector’, to the right (on the main page). There you’ll also find information about me, the editor, and our policies for reuse / republication.

One thing you’ll find is that things here are written to be accessible. I try and avoid unnecessarily complicated language, preferring to err on the side of understandability. If you’re looking for lots of technical information, with facts and figures and formulas, this isn’t the place where you’ll find it. I do have a plethora of other sites I can recommend if you’re looking for something that isn’t here.

If there’s anything that you think you should be able to find here, but don’t, please let me know. You may have an idea for a great piece, or may point out an oversight in something that was previously written. Even if it’s something that you want that’s outside of my expertise, I can probably point you to someone else who can help you.

Thank you, again, for visiting We invite you to browse, read, and provide your thoughts and comments.

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5 thoughts on “New To MRImetalDetector?

  1. Alex Woo

    Hi Tobias, thanks for the blog post, this is very useful to me, I’m new in metal detecting and not sure what do you mean with “MRI”… I only want to know what do you think about the new Garrett Ace 250, because I want to buy it but not 100% sure.


  2. Tobias Gilk Post author


    Thank you for your note. For metal detection for people and objects before they’re taken into the room with the giant, magnetic MRI scanner, it is recommended (required in some places) that the be screened with a ferromagnetic ONLY detector. This would not be the Garrett.

  3. Tobias Gilk Post author


    The odds are good that you should be able to have the indicated MRI, but the decision to ‘go’ or ‘no go’ will ultimately be made by the MRI provider (hospital or imaging center). I would encourage you to collect whatever documentation you have about the sternum implants, and provide them to the MRI provider. They’ll be the ones to give you the final answer, but my expectation is that (baring any unforeseen complications) they’d say you could have a neck MRI.

    I hope this helps.

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