Highlighting the important work of the faculty in the University of Colorado School of Medicine to improve care delivery, clinical quality and patient safety.
l-r, Paul Price, Justin Honce, Amber Seeman, Nancy Pritchard
l-r, Jill Chuita, Katherine Bushur, Darwin Roth, Beth English
In this issue, we profile two initiatives that are making magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) safer and more accessible. As a large magnet, an MRI is safe for human tissue but can be dangerous in the presence of ferromagnetic metal objects.
The first article tells about the work of Justin Honce, MD, and his team at University of Colorado Hospital, who are making MRIs safe for people with pacemakers, defibrillators, metal rods and other foreign materials in their bodies. The next article tells the story of an interdisciplinary team at Children’s Hospital Colorado who reduced the number of ferromagnetic metal objects entering the area near the MRI machine, making MRIs safer for children and their families—and earning CHCO the praise of nationally known MRI safety expert Tobias Gilk.
As always, our clinicians are learning, growing, innovating and pushing the limits of medicine to make healthcare better and safer for Coloradans.
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