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The MRI magnet is ALWAYS on. This means
no person is allowed to enter the MRI scan room without clearance and
permission from a certified technologist. Metallic objects (such as
fingernail clippers, pocket knives and even pens) can lead to serious
bodily injury if brought within the magnetic field.
Projectiles are one of the biggest
dangers associated with the MRI scanning environment and occur when the
strong magnetic fields of the MRI magnet attract ferromagnetic (metal)
objects which then become airborne. Even small objects such as
paperclips or scissors can be quickly jerked from your hands and
severely injure anyone nearby. Metallic objects in the body can also
have dangerous effects when placed in a magnetic field. Some metal
implants, including some metal fragments, may move inside the body
causing internal injury.
All potential MRI research subjects must
be screened for items that may be hazardous to themselves or others
prior to entering the MRI scan room. It is strongly recommended that
anyone involved in the recruitment of MRI research subjects include all
items from the MRI Screening Sheet found below when screening subjects.
Facilities Management319-335-5071 (5-5071 from any campus phone)
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