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Building An MRI, GE Accidentally Invents Time-Travel

OK, I’ve been reading too many headlines in supermarket check-out aisles, but what else is a guy with an overactive imagination supposed to come up with?

You see, back in 1983 when GE was going through their pre-market approvals with the FDA for their first commercial clinical MRI system, they indicated that MRI suite safety minimally required ferromagnetic detection pre-screening. The only problem was, it hadn’t been invented yet!

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Colombini, Codes, Metal Detectors And MRI Safety

Go grab yourself a cup of coffee before you continue… this is going to be a long (for me, anyway) rant.

Ready? OK…

Let’s start at the very beginning (“what a very good place to start”). Click To Read The Whole Story…

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.

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AHRA 09 – You’re Cordially Invited To 2½ Special Events

As if you needed a personal invitation from me, here it is nonetheless. Please join me (and a several thousand of your colleagues) at the American Hot Rod Association [ahem] American Healthcare Radiology Administrators annual meeting in August. And though it may not really be my place to invite you to the conference, I do want to extend to you a personal invitation to 2½ special events that will happen during that week.

Click Here To Learn About Your Special 2½ Invitations…

New MRI Safety Standards Published By ASHE

The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) has just published a monograph for those planning MRI installations and the design professionals (architects, engineers and equipment planners) who help them.

ASHE MRI Safety Monograph

Click to read more on the content and ordering options for the ASHE monograph…

Ferromagnetically ‘Naked’, A Risqué Mouthful

Band-Aids are great for skinned knees, but Band-Aid solutions are lousy for MRI safety. There is no book, training video, seminar, tool, product or gizmo which, by its inherent ‘MRI-safetude’ is going to make MRI appreciably less risky in practice. We all look for the silver-bullet solutions, but in a realm as complex as MRI, they simply don’t exist… at least when divorced from operations and procedures.

Yes, that book listing every tested medical device and implant is a tremendous tool, but does nothing for patient safety if it never emerges from the bottom of the file drawer in which it lives. If the book is not integrated into the practice of screening patients, it’s little more than reconstituted dead-tree.

Enter ferromagnetic detection, an enormously potent tool for helping to verify the compliance of MRI patients and visitors and quality control of Technologists’ screening protocols. But if simply plunked-down and plugged-in, even the most sensitive and accurate ferromagnetic detector won’t meet its full potential. As with any tool, effectiveness has a lot to do with how well the ferromagnetic detector is integrated within operations and protocols.

Very recently the magazine Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare ran an article I wrote on precisely this… the integration of ferromagnetic detectors into the operations at New York Presbyterian’s Weill Cornell Medical Center. The article offers a look at one of the most effective deployments of ferromagnetic detection and what it took to achieve such a high safety return on their investment. [spoiler alert: the changes were modest, but very effective]

Fortunately, PSQH makes the full text of their articles available online and you can read this one on their website:


I also have PDF copies of the complete article, which I’d be happy to share with you. You can download a copy of the PDF simply by clicking on the link below:


Why ‘Ferromagnetically Naked’? Well, if the title alone has piqued your interest, don’t you think you owe it to yourself to read the piece and see what it’s all about?

If you have any questions about the article, or if you’d like to contact Mr. Steve Herrmann (from New York Presbyterian who was interviewed in the article) and learn directly from him about his experiences reviewing, selecting and deploying ferromagnetic detection, please contact me.

Tobias Gilk, President & MRI Safety Director
Mednovus, Inc.