WEBSITES : MRI SAFETY WEBSITES|
Useful MRI Safety Websites 1.
MRI Safety is available at http://www.mrisafety.com/.
This site developed and maintained by Dr F.G. Shellock provides up-to-date information
on MRI safety-related topics. Impressively, latest information is provided for
screening patients with implants, materials, and medical devices. A key feature
of the site is the List, which is a searchable database that contains over
1,200 implants and devices, including over 200 objects tested at 3-Tesla tested
for MRI Safety. Moreover, there is a summary section, which is a presentation
of over 100 peer-reviewed articles on MRI bioeffects and safety. Other features
include a downloadable Pre-MRI Screening form, availability of safety topics and
MRI Safety page at http://www.radiology.upmc.edu/MRsafety/
is a database of Safety related issues. The site raised by Emanuel Kanal, Director,
Clinical and Educational MR at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania has a searchable database by virtue of a search engine as a special
feature. Useful URLs within the site include http://www.radiology.upmc.edu/MRsafety/mrsearch1.html
3. The Institute for Magnetic Resonance Safety, Education and Research
(IMRSER) is a multidisciplinary, professional organization headed by Dr Frank
Shellock as the Director. It focuses on information and research on magnetic resonance
(MR) safety, while "promoting awareness, understanding, and communication of MR
safety issues through education and research." The website is available at http://www.imrser.org/
and has useful sections including MRI Safety Guidelines and MR Safety Papers.
The US Food and Drug Administration has a Center for Devices and Radiological
Health as an integral part of the Department of Human health & Services. Few
online documents available include "A Primer on Medical Device Interactions
with Magnetic Resonance Imaging Systems" at http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/ode/primerf6.html
, The CDRH Guidance for Testing MR Interaction with Aneurysm Clips
, MRI Safety at http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/safety/mrisafety.html
5. MR Safety & Patient Comfort - GE Medical Systems at
throws the spotlight on the potential hazards that exist in a MR environment.
On offer is MR Safety Tips, e-mail updates on topics of MR Safety after a mandatory
registration and an article on Medical Devices and Accessories Developed for Use
in the MR Environment and Interventional MRI Procedures by Dr. Shellock.
Anesthesia in the MRI suite is a featured section within Gasnet, a leading
Anesthesia Website. This section available at http://gasnet.med.yale.edu/mri/index.php
deals with issues concerning Anesthesia services in a typical MRI suite. The material
covers a technical background of MRI and its effect on Anesthesia machines, besides
briefly describing Anesthesia and monitoring equipment that may safely be used
in the MRI suite.
7. MRI Artifacts by Wayne Patola and
Bruce Coulter from the Department of Radiology, St. Paul's Hospital, Vancouver,
BC is available at http://www1.stpaulshosp.bc.ca/stpaulsstuff/MRartifacts.html
. The illustrative gallery of artifacts covers a list of entites ranging from
Moving Coil, Dentalwork, to RF Interference, Phased Array Coil Malfunction, Metal
effects on Fat Saturation and also has few uncommon artifacts like Data Corruption
From Archive Media etc.
8. Danger! Flying objects! is an illustrative gallery from the educative Simply
Physics, a MRI Portal created by Dr Moriel NessAiver, Ph.D. The gallery available
depicts the dangers due to common hospital based ferromagnetic medical equipment.
9. Two important MRI Accident Databases derived from database
of Medical device related accidents and events is available from Maude Accidents
Database accessible at http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfMAUDE/search.cfm
and the UK Medical Devices Agency accessible at http://www.medical-devices.gov.uk/
10. A list of MRI safety documents are available at http://www.fmrib.ox.ac.uk/~peterj/safety_docs/index.html
compiled by Peter Jezzard, http://www.radiologyinfo.org/content/safety/mri_safety.htm
from Radiology Information.Org, Comparison of international MR safety guidelines
by Greg Brown http://www.users.on.net/vision/q-a/safety.htm,
Summary of MR Hazards at http://www.patientsafety.gov/alerts/MRI.doc
and MRI Related Safety http://www.t2star.com/safety_1/MR_Safety.pdf
Presentations on MRI Safety is available as 'MR Safety Presentation' by
Mark Cohen & Susan Bookheimer at http://airto.loni.ucla.edu/BMCweb/Safety/SafetyTutorial/
and The Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre MRI safety course accessible at http://www.wbic.cam.ac.uk/~ejw1001/mrisafety/index.htm
And of course, MR Safety is the central theme in the July 2000 issue
of the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Wiley InterScience).
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