Due to the dramatic increase of MRI accidents, several safety and regulatory agencies, such as The Joint Commission, American College of Radiology, VA MRI Design Guide, Facility Guidelines Institute and others, now strongly recommend the use of Ferromagnetic Detectors (FMDs). On October 25th and 26th, 2011, the FDA called a special session to address the increasing numbers of MRI accidents. Ferromagnetic Detectors were one of the main topics discussed at the meeting, and it was determined that when added to existing safety procedures, FMDs are a very helpful and needed tool for MRI Safety..
At RSNA meeting in 2007, Craig Frischman, a medical malpractice plaintiff’s attorney, joined renowned MRI safety expert, Emanuel Kanal, MD, FACR, to present information on the legal responsibilities and liabilities faced by MRI providers. Mr. Frischman explained that the safety elements contained within any published recommendations by a nationally-recognized, governing body are legally considered as the standard for performance criteria. These standards include safety training, thorough screening of patients, 4-Zone access restrictions, ferromagnetic detection systems and situational awareness.
Shortly after the notorious accident at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY, where a 6 year old boy was killed by an airborne oxygen cylinder while undergoing an MRI procedure, Kopp Development Inc. began development of their ferromagnetic detection systems, FerrAlert™. Today, FerrAlert™ detectors are the most widely used FMDs to protect MRI suites worldwide.