At the hospital that I work at, the MRI department has been asking that IVAD's be deacessed prior to MRI. This is a new request. Is this common practice at most hospital's.
I can not answer if this is common practice but I can understand their concern over the presence of a metal needle in the MRI room. The strong magnet could dislodge this needle. These magnets have caused guns to fire when a security guard is present with a prisoner. Or they have caused many other incidents due to their strong magnetic pull. If this does not happen, any metal can cause a starburst appearance on the picture and obscure the image of anatomy that is being tested. So if the infusing fluid and medication can be stopped it is probably a good idea to do so during the MRI. Lynn
Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, BC, CRNI
Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.
126 Main Street, PO Box 10
Milner, GA 30257
Office Phone 770-358-7861