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Calling Out Radiology Accreditation For MRI Safety (video)

This past weekend I was invited to present the findings of a study I did with my friend and colleague, Emanuel Kanal. Among his many accolades and credentials, Manny Kanal is the Chair of the ACR MR Safety Committee, a fellow of the ACR and ISMRM, and a neuroradiologist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The study had a two-part mission, first to review and categorize 18 months of the FDA’s MRI accident data, and second to compare each of these adverse events against existing best-practice standards for MRI safety. The results of the analysis were both stunning, and disheartening…

Click To Read More About The Meeting And The Results…

RSNA 2009 Epilogue

Confession time: I have a love-hate relationship with RSNA. I love going, attending educational sessions (the handful that interest me and that my brain can wrap around) and cruising the technical exhibits to see what’s new and interesting. My experiences as an exhibitor, well, they were universally disappointing… until this year that is…

Click To Read Why This Year Was Different…

RSNA / AAPM Identify Halo Ferromagnetic Risks

In the Tuesday, December 1st, issue of the RSNA Daily Bulletin, the ‘Tip of the Day’ was provided by the American Association of Physics in Medicine. The tip identifies specific risks of ferromagnetic tools and hardware associated with orthopedic devices, such as ‘halo’ vests…

AAPM Warns of MRI Ferromagnetic Risks of Halo Devices

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Installment 2 – MRI Safety Tour of RSNA Exhibit Lakeside Center

(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)…

Click Here To View The MR Safety Itinerary For Lakeside Center…

Two Upcoming MRI Safety Presentations

“Hello Orlando!”

“Hello Orlando!”

No, there’s not an echo in this posting. I’m simply rehearsing for two nearly-back-to-back presentations on MRI safety issues to different groups, both in Orlando, Florida, in the weeks ahead.

Click To Read About The Two Presentations…

MRI Safety Tour of RSNA Exhibit Hall B

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. The ‘buzz’ at each of these shows has traditionally been focused on the new-product launches from the ‘big 3’ (Philips, Siemens, and GE), and very little on ancillary or support solutions. This year, however, with the looming Michael Colombini civil trial and forthcoming design standards on MRI safety, that may all be about to change, with a new focus on MRI safety issues.

To facilitate your review of safety features, I’d like to suggest an itinerary for visiting a select group of exhibitors, starting with North Exhibit Hall B (the Philips hall)… Click To Read The Suggested List…

JCAHO, MRI Safety, and EC Standard Update Teleconference

Break out the can of alphabet soup, because here we go, off  into the far reaches of acronym land…

That’s right, the Joint Commission is offering a teleconference / webinar on the 2009 changes to the Environment of Care (EC) standard and what they mean to accredited MRI providers. Never heard of the EC standards before? Well, you’re not alone, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t apply to you. In just a couple weeks, however, you can get the low-down on the new requirements.

Click to get the specifics on JCAHO’s new stand on MRI safety…