Leucadia, CA, July 22, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- The United States Veterans Administration has just recently released a substantial re-write of their MRI Design Guide. Tobias Gilk, President and MRI Safety Director of Mednovus, served as a special contributing expert to the document.
The new Design Guide, which was made available electronically in early July, contains information on the planning, design, construction and operation of MRI facilities to improve technical, clinical and safety performance of MRI imaging.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) makes use of non-ionizing magnetic and radio frequency energies to develop profoundly detailed images of the human body, images that often can't be effectively captured with other imaging technologies. Despite the absence of non-ionizing radiation which is used in X-ray and CT scan imaging, there are risks associated with MRI imaging.
One of the principal risks that arise from the use of profoundly strong magnetic fields is that of magnetic attraction. Multiple injuries and fatalities resulting from ferromagnetic materials in the MRI scanner room have been reported.
A new tool designed to reduce the likelihood of magnetic-missile accidents is the ferromagnetic detector. The new MRI Design Guide echoes the prior recommendations of the ACR's MR Safety Committee and the Joint Commission to use ferromagnetic detectors as an adjunct to conventional screening protocols.
In addition to his role in the development of the VA MRI Design Guide, Mednovus' President, Tobias Gilk, sees to it that his company can directly assist MRI providers in reducing the likelihood of projectile accidents through the company's line of ferromagnetic detection products.
July 29th, the company will unveil its latest development, the Sentinel 2.0 ferromagnetic detector for MRI patient safety screening, at the AHRA annual meeting in Denver.
"The new MRI Design Guide will undoubtedly trigger a series of changes in the way that architects, engineers and facility planners think about MRI safety," offered Gilk. "At the same time, we're releasing this new product which will offer substantive price and siting benefits to large institutional clients (such as the VA) as well as single-MRI providers. This really is a golden opportunity to improve the safety of MRI."
Copies of the new VA MRI Design Guide are available for download from the Mednovus website:
For additional information or for contact information for Mr. Tobias Gilk, please visit the Mednovus website: