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MRI Accidents, Hyperbola And Not Hyperbole

Def.  Hyperbolic:  Mathematical curve functions which have relations to the hyperbola.

Def.  Hyperbolic:  Rhetorical exaggeration or diminishing beyond the fact; exceeding the truth; as, an hyperbolical expression.

I have this sense that some feel that virtually all talk of MRI accidents is hyperbolic, or exaggeration. To those who believe this, I say there is a truth buried in this thought, but it’s not what they may think…

Click To Learn The Truth Within The Hyperbole…

MRI Safety Nets: The Holes We Don’t Know About

“You don’t know what you don’t know.”

This phrase isn’t meant to make anyone feel small. It doesn’t mean “you should know,” or “everybody else knows this,” or even that “the guy writing this knows.” This phrase is very democratic… it applies to each of us (particularly the guy writing this).

What it means is that, if our brains are libraries, even big ones, there’s only so much information that can fit inside. We may know the next 10, 100 or 1,000 books we want to add to our mental Alexandria, but we can’t want (or even hate) the book that we don’t know exists. The same is true of MRI safety.

Click to read more about protecting against MRI accidents…

‘No More’ In ’09

With around 8,000 – 10,000 MRI’s in the US alone, I’m not naive enough to think that we can wholly reshape behavior in all, or even a majority, of MRI providers in a single year. I do believe, however, that we can set a realistic goal to improve MRI safety.

Click to read about your part in the ‘No More’ campaign…

More Than Just A Pretty Face…

How I long to be judged for my content… my substance… and not just how I look!

No, not me, the author, but the figurative ‘me‘, this blog…

I don’t know if you’ve ever used them, but all of the major internet search engines have tools that you can use to find images that match your search criteria. Every so often there’s a new paparazzi picture of some starlet in mid-wardrobe-malfunction or a politician with a facial expression that looks like they just smelled something awful that become the ‘it’ picture of the day.

Well, based on the number of hits our blog has been getting recently, and the image search tools that many of these hits are coming from, apparently we have a lesser ‘it’ picture, and it has nothing to do with politics or racy nudity…

It’s a picture of an ICU bed stuck to the face of an MRI.

The 'it' photo of MRI Safety

Pictures of things stuck to magnets often generate wide-eyed looks, even laughter. After all, the juxtaposition can be pretty silly. But each of these pictures is only possible because of horrible mishaps that can each result in serious injury, or even fatality.

We encourage people to find and view these pictures, not to have a larger number of viewers snicker at them. We put them up to help deflate the ‘that could never happen here’ mythology that is dangerous. If you can see magnets, floor polishers, oxygen cylinders, wheelchairs or, as above, ICU beds that look like ones in use at the hospital or imaging center, then maybe the internal monologue becomes something more like, ‘what would have to happen here for us to have a similar accident?’

Most importantly, we hope that all of these efforts work to motivate Technologists, Radiographers, Imaging Managers, Radiologists, Risk-Managers and Compliance Officers to imagine which steps they could take at their locations to reduce the likelihood of these sorts of accidents.

There are many steps that can be taken to help improve the effectiveness of pre-screening for magnet hazards. One of the most obvious is also one of the easiest, the use of ferromagnetic detectors.

We encourage you to view and share the information contained on these pages and we hope that each of these resources, even the racy pictures of MRI missile accidents, help shape improvements to MRI safety at your facilities.

After all, I’m lot more than just a pretty face…

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