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MagResource provides easy access to implant safety information

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MRI NetForum Team Philips Healthcare Philips Global

The new company MagResource LLC developed an online database for MRI users. MagResource enables healthcare professionals to quickly find and retrieve information about the safety status of medical implant devices prior to patient scans. The database contains information on more than 2,300 implants including hyperlinks to manufacturer websites; instructions for use; NIH and FDA documents. For example, many MR manufacturers now define appropriate SAR levels and types of tested sequences - information that is especially important as higher field strength scanners become more prevalent. For more information, visit MagResource at http://www.doctordoctor.biz

Saves time, enabling better focus on patient care

Developed by Jan Gardner, RT (R) (MR), a senior MRI technologist with more than 15 years of experience, the database is updated daily. Gardner says if an implanted device is not found in the database, MagResource will initiate research and provide its user with information on the device by email and then update the database. "This concept sprung out of my frustration resulting from searches for safety information, when my attention needed to be focused on patient care," says Gardner. "It eliminates duplicate research and saves technologists valuable time."

 

MagResource provides printable documentation to complete the patient's file or to inform referring physicians, who may question precautions such as the eight-week waiting period on some stents or the need to x-ray to determine the integrity of leads on some stimulators.

Discount for NetForum users

MagResource's monthly subscription fee is based on the number of scanners per site, so an unlimited number of PC's may be connected at no additional cost. Philips NetForum users can access MagResource through a link on the MRI NetForum homepage www.philips.com/netforum (then select MRI) and receive a free 2-day trial and a waiver for their registration fee.


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