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J Magn Reson Imaging. 2002 Nov;16(5):485-96.

Magnetic resonance safety update 2002: implants and devices.

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Institute for Magnetic Resonance Safety, Education, and Research, Los Angeles, California, USA.


The preservation of a safe magnetic resonance (MR) environment requires constant vigilance by MR healthcare professionals, particularly with regard to the management of patients with metallic biomedical implants or devices. The variety and complexity of implants and devices constantly changes, requiring continuous attention and diligence with regard to obtaining the most current and accurate information about these objects relative to the MR environment. This review article discusses MR safety and MR compatibility issues and presents important information for a variety of implants and devices, with an emphasis on those objects that have recently undergone evaluation or that require additional consideration because of existing controversy or confusion.

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