MRI Accidents Spike: Mednovus SAFESCAN(R) Ferromagnetic Detectors Respond, Improving MRI Safety
The FDA database of MRI accidents reports a 185% increase in only 3 years. Recent MRI safety recommendations, call for the use of ferromagnetic detection screening such as the new Mednovus Sentinel 2.0 walk-through portal, to be unveiled later this month at the AHRA annual meeting in Denver.
Mednovus, Inc., Leucadia, California, is unveiling a new ferromagnetic detector, an instrument designed to aid in the screening of patients and equipment brought near the super-powerful magnets used in MRI. The new walk-through portal, the company's Sentinel 2.0, can alarm on iron, steel and other magnetically-attracted materials, but does not alarm on aluminum, titanium and other non-magnetic materials.
The new Sentinel 2.0 portal, which will be unveiled later this month at the AHRA annual meeting in Denver, augments Mednovus' line of patented hand-held and walk-through ferromagnetic detection systems. These products comply with the recent recommendations for the use of ferromagnetic detection screening from both the Joint Commission's Sentinel Event Alert #38 on MRI accidents and the American College of Radiology (ACR) Guidance Document for Safe MR Practices: 2007.
Starting in 2009, MRI procedures may get even safer as The Joint Commission, the largest accrediting body for healthcare providers, begins to require risk assessments as a part of its accreditation process. The new requirement is anticipated to compel MRI providers, both in hospital and outpatient settings, to make changes in accordance with Sentinel Event Alert #38, and the more comprehensive Guidance Document for Safe MR Practices: 2007, from the American College of Radiology.
Mednovus' ferromagnetic detection products -- in place in some of the top hospitals in the world -- alarm on the presence of materials that could jeopardize the safety of MRI patients and staffers. Ferromagnetic detection products offer the promise of finding potential magnetically-attracted missiles that might otherwise made it through the screening process.
While no technological tool is foolproof, the use of the Mednovus ferromagnetic detection (FMD) systems may help MRI facilities more effectively protect patients, staff and critically important medical imaging equipment. These systems may also prove very helpful to MRI providers, too, helping them to address forthcoming accreditation requirements.
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