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No Vacation For MRI Safety (Recent Death)

Yes, I’ve not kept up with my blog postings as I usually do. I’d like to tell you that it was because I’ve been spending the last month or so sipping umbrella-drinks on a sunny beach somewhere, but that’s about the furthest thing from the truth. The fact is that there have been torrents of activity, but they’re all happening below the glassy surface. For example, the radiology press has been strangely silent about the most recent MRI fatality…

Click To Read More About The Recent MRI Death…

MRI Design Requirements – Guidelines Dominoes

In stark contrast to the speed with which we expect to see medical technology advance, the more bureaucratic process of regulatory or accreditation tends to be more deliberative and… oh heck, I’ll just say it… glacial in its pace to keep up. Every once in a while, however, these efforts ‘sling-shot’ forward.

Much to my surprise (and delight), this is happening with the new Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities (or Guidelines, for short). Though the 2010 edition of Guidelines has only been published for about a month (and the publisher has been struggling to catch up on back-ordered copies), two states have already adopted the 2010 edition as their requirements for licensure.

Click To Learn If Your State Is Among The First…

Installment 3(b) – MRI Safety Tour of RSNA Exhibit Hall A (part 2)

(This is a continuation of my recommended MRI safety vendor itinerary, starting at the North Hall, which you can read about here, Lakeside Center, which you can read about here, and the first half of the South Hall, which you can read about here.)

Our company, Mednovus, is making the annual pilgrimage to Chicago after Thanksgiving for the biggest of all radiology trade shows, the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting. In my original post I indicated why I thought MRI safety would be a ‘hot topic’ at this year’s RSNA, and gave an itinerary for the North Hall (the Philips Hall) for stops at relevant vendors, including our company, Mednovus (booth #7801). Then I followed up with an itinerary for the Lakeside Center, and just a couple days ago, I provided half of the South Hall.

Continuing on that theme, and to facilitate your review of MRI safety products and vendors, I’d like to suggest an itinerary for visiting the remaining select group of exhibitors from Exhibit Hall A, the South Hall, where the GE mega-booth is located…

Click To Read The Final Installment Of My MRI Safety Vendor Itinerary…

Installment 3(a) – MRI Safety Tour of RSNA Exhibit Hall A (part 1)

(This is a continuation of my recommended MRI safety vendor itinerary, starting at the North Hall, which you can read about here, and Lakeside Center, here.)

Our company, Mednovus, is making the annual pilgrimage to Chicago after Thanksgiving for the biggest of all radiology trade shows, the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting. In my original post I indicated why I thought MRI safety would be a ‘hot topic’ at this year’s RSNA, and gave an itinerary for the North Hall (the Philips Hall) for stops at relevant vendors, including our company, Mednovus (booth #7801). Then I followed up with an itinerary for the Lakeside Center.

Continuing on that theme, and to facilitate your review of MRI safety products and vendors, I’d like to suggest an itinerary for visiting a select group of exhibitors, this time in Exhibit Hall A, the South Hall, where the GE mega-booth is located…

Click To Read The First Of Two Entries For The South Hall…

Installment 2 – MRI Safety Tour of RSNA Exhibit Lakeside Center

(This is a continuation of my recommended MRI safety vendor itinerary, starting at the North Hall, which you can read about here.)

Our company, Mednovus, is making the annual pilgrimage to Chicago after Thanksgiving for the biggest of all radiology trade shows, the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting. In my prior post I indicated why I thought MRI safety would be a ‘hot topic’ at this year’s RSNA, and gave an itinerary for the North Hall (the Philips Hall) for stops at relevant vendors.

Continuing on that original theme, and to facilitate your review of MRI safety products and vendors, I’d like to suggest an itinerary for visiting a select group of exhibitors, this time in Lakeside Center (Exhibit Hall D)…

Click Here To View The MR Safety Itinerary For Lakeside Center…

MRI Safety Tour of RSNA Exhibit Hall B

Our company, Mednovus, is making the annual pilgrimage to Chicago after Thanksgiving for the biggest of all radiology trade shows, the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting. The ‘buzz’ at each of these shows has traditionally been focused on the new-product launches from the ‘big 3’ (Philips, Siemens, and GE), and very little on ancillary or support solutions. This year, however, with the looming Michael Colombini civil trial and forthcoming design standards on MRI safety, that may all be about to change, with a new focus on MRI safety issues.

To facilitate your review of safety features, I’d like to suggest an itinerary for visiting a select group of exhibitors, starting with North Exhibit Hall B (the Philips hall)… Click To Read The Suggested List…

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.
Tobias.Gilk@Mednovus.com
www.MEDNOVUS.com