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…
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.
Just a quick additional note… You might be interested in an article that was posted this week on Aunt Minnie in which their editor, Kate Madden Yee, reported on one of the presentations, “MRI Safety, Best Practice, and Liability,” I gave at the AHRA annual meeting.
You can view the Aunt Minnie article by clicking here.Tobias Gilk, President & MRI Safety Director Mednovus, Inc. Tobias.Gilk@Mednovus.com www.MEDNOVUS.com
Concerned about a dramatic drop in attendance, the AHRA annual meeting in Las Vegas was rescued from the brink of dissapointing participation by a swell of last-minute and onsite registrations. Overall, the attendance numbers were flat from last year, but the level of interest in MR safety issues was way up! I noticed three separate areas where this was demonstrated…
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.
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