The ECRI Institute has again published their annual Top-10 Health Technology Hazards document for 2008, which is available as a free download from their website. Number 9 on the ECRI list is one of the well known MRI hazards. But before I tell you which MRI hazard made their list, let me give you a little background on what the ECRI Institute is and what they do…
As mentioned in an earlier post, noted MR safety guru Dr. Emanuel Kanal gave a brilliant presentation at the 2008 annual meeting of the American Healthcare Radiology Administrators (AHRA). While his session, “MR Safety Update, 2008” addressed several different MR safety issues, below is a video excerpt, which marries the audio recording with his presentation slides, showing information on ferromagnetic detection that Dr. Kanal presented.
Among the ACR Guidance Document on Safe MR Practices: 2007, the recent Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert #38 on MRI Accidents and Injuries, and other standards and expert recommendations, it is abundantly clear that ferromagnetic detection is a potent part of an effective MR screening program.
A PDF transcript of the above video is available for download at http://MRImetaldetector.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/Transcript_of_Dr_Kanal_Edited_video.pdf.Tobias Gilk, President & MRI Safety Director Mednovus, Inc. Tobias.Gilk@Mednovus.com www.MEDNOVUS.com
If you ever get a chance to hear Dr. Kanal speak, GO! Apart from being Director of MR Services for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, a Fellow of both the ISMRM and the ACR, Chair of the ACR’s MR Safety Committee and one of the world’s experts in instruction for the mind-boggling complexity of MR physics, you’ll also find him to be one of the most animated, enthusiastic and downright approachable speakers, ever.
That’s precisely what about 100 – 200 Radiology Administrators at the AHRA Annual Meeting, held just a couple weeks ago in Denver, found out in Dr. Kanal’s MRI Safety Update presentation.
His talk whisked through a number of topics in the brief hour that he had, but one of the chief subjects of his presentation was his enthusiastic support for the use of ferromagnetic detection (FMD) systems as a quality assurance step to assure patient compliance.
At his direction, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) has purchased 20 Mednovus SAFESCAN® hand-held Target Scanners™, which are in use throughout the UPMC system. Dr. Kanal’s MRI suite is also the ‘proving grounds’ for ferromagnetic detectors from different vendors and he highlighted the use of the Mednovus Entry Sentinel® GS walk-through portal, which is currently being used in a trial to verify screening compliance.
In the coming days and weeks, I hope to share with you specific excerpts from Dr. Kanal’s presentation to the AHRA annual meeting. Suffice it to say that the world’s foremost authority on the breadth of MRI safety issues is a firm believer that MRI-projectile accidents are among the most common source of MRI-related injury – and that ferromagnetic detection can be a remarkably effective tool to help minimize these most frequent safety lapses.
Stay tuned for more information from Dr. Kanal’s presentation, coming soon.Tobias Gilk, President & MRI Safety Director Mednovus, Inc. Tobias.Gilk@Mednovus.com www.MEDNOVUS.com