Miscellaneous Implants and Devices

Many miscellaneous implants, materials, devices, and objects have been tested with regard to MR procedures and the MR environment. For example, various types of firearms have been evaluated in the MR environment. These firearms exhibited strong ferromagnetism. In fact, two of the six firearms that underwent testing discharged in a reproducible manner while in the MR system room. Obviously, firearms should remain outside of the MR environment to prevent problems or possible injuries.

MR-guided biopsy, therapeutic, and minimally invasive surgical procedures are important clinical applications that are performed on conventional, open-architecture, or “double-donut” MR systems specially designed for this work. These procedures present challenges for the instruments and devices that are needed to support these interventions. Metallic surgical instruments and other devices potentially pose hazards (e.g., “missile” effects) or other problems (i.e. image artifacts and distortion that can obscure the area of interest) that must be addressed to apply MR-guided techniques effectively. Various manufacturers have used “weakly” ferromagnetic, nonferromagnetic or nonmetallic materials to make special instruments for interventional MR procedures.

Other medical products and devices have been developed with metallic components that are either entirely nonferromagnetic and nonconducting or made from metals that have a low magnetic susceptibility (e.g., titanium, non-magnetic types of stainless steel, etc.) that are acceptable for use in the MR environment.

MRI at 3-Tesla and Miscellaneous Implants and Devices. Many implants and devices have been tested in association with 3-Tesla MR systems. Refer to The List to determine information about specific miscellaneous implants and devices assessed at 3-Tesla.


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Shellock FG. Biomedical implants and devices: Assessment of magnetic field interactions with a 3.0-Tesla MR system. J Magn Reson Imag 2002;16:721-732.

Shellock FG. MR-compatibility of an endoscope designed for use in interventional MR procedures. Am J Roentgenol 1998;71:1297-1300.

Shellock FG. Magnetic Resonance Procedures: Health Effects and Safety. CRC Press, LLC, Boca Raton, FL, 2001.

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Shellock FG. Metallic neurosurgical implants: Assessment of magnetic field interactions, heating, and artifacts at 1.5-Tesla. Radiology 2001;218:611.

Shellock FG. Surgical instruments for interventional MRI procedures: Assessment of MR safety. J Magn Reson Imag 2001;13:152-157.

Shellock FG, Audet-Griffin A. Evaluation of magnetic resonance imaging issues for a wirelessly-powered lead used for epidural, spinal cord stimulation. Neuromodulation 2014;17:334-339.

Shellock FG, Shellock VJ. Ceramic surgical instruments: Evaluation of MR-compatibility at 1.5-Tesla. J Magn Reson Imag 1996;6:954-956.

Shellock FG, Shellock VJ. Evaluation of MR compatibility of 38 bioimplants and devices. Radiology 1995;197:174.

Titterington B, Shellock FG. A new vascular coupling device: Assessment of MRI issues at 3-Tesla. Magn Reson Imaging 2014;32:585-9.

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