Ferromagnetic objects taken through the MRI door in to Zone IV can lead to serious injury, time consuming delays, and costly damage to your valuable imaging system.
When ferrous objects reach the MRI magnet’s fringe field, they can be strongly attracted, at high speed, towards the bore of the magnet. This frightening and dangerous phenomenon is known as the projectile effect. Although all MRI facilities have safety procedures in place that are intended to prevent such incidents the number of MRI projectile events continues to rise year-on-year.
Distinguishing between MRI safe and unsafe items is always a challenge for staff. For example, a pair of safe non-ferrous scissors may be visibly identical to a pair of ferrous scissors that could become a dangerous projectile if taken close to the magnet. Additionally, the information gained in traditional screening processes may be inaccurate, as patients are not always reliable in reporting all ferrous items on their person or conveying their complete medical history.
Metrasens’ Ferroguard ferromagnetic detection systems (FMDS) clearly identify ferromagnetic hazards and provide valuable objective data to help MRI staff make accurate safety-decisions to significantly enhance the overall effectiveness of your MRI safety processes.