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Medical News and Perspectives
November 2, 2005

Safety Improvements Urged for MRI Facilities

JAMA. 2005;294(17):2145-2148. doi:10.1001/jama.294.17.2145

Anecdotal evidence of burns, implantable device failures, and the death of a 6-year-old boy struck by an oxygen canister has physicians and technicians questioning the safety of magnetic resonance (MR) imaging practices.

Solid data about the size of the risk remain elusive as reporting of incidents is neither standardized nor mandatory. But some MR safety experts are not waiting for such reporting systems and are moving forward with improved guidelines and additional research to minimize injury.

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