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May 11, 1984

Two magnetic scanners approved

JAMA. 1984;251(18):2319-2320. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340420007003

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The Food and Drug Administration has approved two magnetic resonance scanners, simultaneously opening a new window for the clinician in the diagnosis and management of disease and dumping a problem in the laps of the national health planning agencies.

These planning agencies, which include private third-party insurers such as Blue Cross as well as the Health Care Financing Administration, are only now grappling with the problem of whether and under what circumstances they will approve coverage of scans done with magnets instead of roentgenograms.

The scanners approved by the FDA's Bureau of Medical Devices are manufactured by Diasonics of Malpitas, Calif, and Technicare of Cleveland. Magnetic scanners have been under study for their potential in clinical practice for the past several years and have evoked a great deal of interest (JAMA [MEDICAL NEWS] 1984;251:869-877, 1982;247:151-159, JAMA 1982; 247:1331-1334).

Besides these two companies, other companies that manufacture similar scanners and are