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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!

Click Here For The Rest Of The Time-Traveling Story…

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…

MRI Safety Planning Season

Ahh the four seasons… Winter, Spring, Summer, and MRI Safety Planning.

What, you’ve only heard it referred to as ‘Autumn‘ before? Well, that’s not terribly surprising. We’re so inundated with honorary days, weeks, and even months, that the season of MRI Safety Planning fails to get its fair share of media time. But here’s why MRI Safety Planning season should be tops on your list right now.

First, while there is a growing awareness of MRI Safety Week, a single week doesn’t really afford the time needed to plan for improvements to MRI safety. Real improvements come from refinements in operations and process, coupled with effective tools and training. That sort of interdisciplinary approach often requires more than a couple days to put together.

Second, MRI Safety Week falls in the middle of summer when budget-wrangling loses the attention-span battle to thoughts of barbecues and coco-butter suntan lotion. It is precisely now, when so many organizations are hammering out their financial priorities for next year’s budget, that MRI safety planning should be in full-swing.

By combining the operations planning with the budgeting, you can reap some real multi-task benefits from these synergistic efforts, and – buoyed by the support of our whole Mednovus organization – I’m here to help you make it as productive as possible.

When making your MRI safety plans, it’s important to know what new criteria are going to be expected of your facility. Accrediting bodies are all looking at MRI safety in a new way, and this is starting with the Joint Commission’s Environment of Care requirements, effective January of 2009.

There is also the flurry of recent MRI safety Best-Practice recommendations from a number of documents, all of which should be part of the Administrator / Technologist library of reference materials. One common element to the Joint Commission’s Sentinel Event Alert #38, the ACR’s Guidance Document for Safe MR Practices, and the recent Veterans Administration MRI Design Guide, is the recommendation for the use of ferromagnetic detection (see below).

While ferromagnetic detection systems can be readily incorporated into both new and operational MRI facilities with minimal muss & fuss, even the most easily-installed and cost-effective systems typically require advanced budgetary planning.

The upshot? Please start thinking today about your planned MRI safety improvements for 2009 and budget accordingly.

Whether you’re considering the newly-released Mednovus Sentinel® GS 2.0 portals (both the 24-inch Patient Sentinel® GS 2.0 and the 48-inch Entry Sentinel® GS 2.0) or our SAFESCAN® hand-held Target Scanner™ (or the optimal combination of both), it would be a privilege to be at your service.

We at Mednovus are delighted to announce our new association with Siemens Medical Solutions, a world leader in MR imaging, and we encourage you to contact your local Siemens sales rep to get product quotes for your budgeting purposes. Alternatively, simply let us know where you are located, and we will put you in touch with the appropriate Mednovus product expert from Siemens’ national accessories division. Contact us soon so that we can arm you with the information you need to secure MRI safety improvements in next year’s budget.

Yes! Please put me in touch with the right Siemens’ accessories product expert!

By reviewing your current MRI safety protocols against published best-practices, and soon-to-be accreditation standards, you can prioritize the areas for improvement in 2009. In many cases, no-cost operational changes will help you achieve your goals, but whether it’s a new MRI-friendly infusion pump, improved signage, or the thrice-recommended ferromagnetic detector, you will probably need to have a few MRI safety line-items in next year’s budget.

Please contact us if we can be of any assistance in helping you with your observances of MRI Safety Planning season.

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

Is Siemens Medical ‘On Board’ With Ferromagnetic Detection?!?

MRI equipment vendor executives generally must be guarded about what they say to the media. We’ve all seen the cartoon depictions of the mini-angel and devil sitting on opposite shoulders of a person, lobbying for their own moral agenda. When I meet an executive from the MRI vendors, I imagine a very similar scene, only instead of angels and devils, I imagine a gaggle of attorneys advising the person as to what can and can’t be said, particularly in the realm of MRI safety.

So, it surprised me, more than a little, when I came across this gem…

“There must be metal detectors at the entrance to every room with a MRI device.”

Realizing that the speaker meant ferromagnetic detection, these words sound like ones that have passed my own lips, or those of noted MRI safety guru Dr. Emanuel Kanal. Imagine my surprise to learn that this statement was issued by none other than Walter Marzendorfer, CEO of Siemens’ MRI business unit.

The interview, which appears in the Israeli business publication ‘Globes’ [click here to go to the Globes interview], includes the statement about the magnetic field risks and the necessity of projectile detection to help mitigate the safety concerns.

Walter Maerzendorfer, CEO of Siemens MRI Business Unit “The main safety issue where MRI is involved is the fact that it is a magnet. Accidents happen when a doctor enters the MRI room with a scalpel in his pocket and bends over the patient. People forget. There must be metal detectors at the entrance to every room with a MRI device.”

–Walter Marzendorfer, CEO of Siemens’ MRI business unit

I believe that Siemens Medical worldwide views this statement with the same unequivocal eye with which I read it, and that ferromagnetic detection will be offered for Siemens MRI installations.

Stay tuned as the MRI vendor situation develops!

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