Lack of MRI safety could add up to disaster

By Brian Casey, staff writer

February 8, 2007 --

Dear AuntMinnie Member,

Are you doing all you can to avoid potentially disastrous -- and even fatal -- accidents in your MRI suite?

It's possible that you might not be. And that's where's MRI Digital Community comes in. This week we're featuring a new MRI suite safety calculator, put together by MRI facility design experts Junk Architects of Kansas City, MO.

The MRI safety calculator is a collection of 36 questions related to safe MRI suite design and operation. Some of the questions might be obvious, such as whether your facility uses ferromagnetic detectors, while others you might not have thought of, like whether you've had your cryogen vent inspected in the past year.

Completing the safety calculator will give you a score on your facility's safety preparedness, which most likely will either help you sleep more soundly at night -- or spur you to get your MRI house in order.

Get started with the calculator by clicking here. When you're done, visit our MRI Digital Community, at, for more news about the world of MRI, including a Dutch study that compared MRI with ultrasound for depicting external anal sphincter defects in patients with fecal incontinence.

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