The 2005 Australian MRI safety survey.
Nicholas J Ferris, Helen Kavnoudias, Christy Thiel, Stephen Stuckey
AJR Am J Roentgenol | Published : 2007
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to ascertain current MRI safety practices in Australia regarding permanent pacemakers, temporary pacing wires, cerebral aneurysm clips, implants of unknown MRI safety status, and use of metal detectors, with respect to adherence to published guidelines. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A questionnaire was distributed to more than 100 MRI facilities in Australia. RESULTS: Ninety-two responses, representing 102 MRI systems, were received. Respondents from approximately one in 15 sites were aware they had inadvertently imaged a patient who had a permanent pacemaker (eight patients). One of these episodes led to a death. Use of modified request forms, on which refe..View full abstract