Dr. Moriel NessAiver is a nationally recognized MRI safety expert.
The University of Maryland Medical Center's Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine was featured on Good Morning America on Monday with a live interview about safety precautions for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) equipment. The MRI scanners, which are excellent diagnostic tools, contain very powerful magnets. Therefore, safety procedures must be carefully followed to prevent metal objects from flying into the scanners.
In his live TV interview, Dr. Moriel NessAiver, a nationally recognized MRI safety expert, described the special precautions that are taken, as well as specific training that all University of Maryland Medical Center employees receive -- even those from the facilities and security departments -- to assure that they know which objects can and cannot safely be brought into an MRI room. Many hospitals today have a full range of equipment made without metal that can accompany a patient into an MRI scanner, such as IV poles, monitoring equipment and even fire extinguishers. Dr. NessAiver was also quoted in a New York Times article on the same topic on August 19. About 10,000 MRI scanners are in use at hospitals across the U.S.