Wear Face Masks with No Metal During MRI Exams: FDA
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns health care providers (HCPs) that patients may be injured if they wear face masks with metal parts and coatings during a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) exam.

Metal parts, like nose pieces, sometimes called nose clips or wires, nanoparticles (ultrafine particles), or antimicrobial coating that may contain metal (such as silver or copper), may become hot and burn the patient during an MRI.

The FDA recently received a report that a patient’s face was burned from the metal in a face mask worn during an MRI. The FDA reminds providers that patients should not wear any metal during an MRI.

Recommendations for Health Care Providers Who Perform MRI Exams:

• When it is appropriate for a patient to wear a face mask during an MRI exam, such as during the COVID-19 public health emergency, ensure the face mask contains no metal.

• If the absence of metal cannot be confirmed and it is determined to be appropriate for the patient to wear a face mask, an alternative face mask where the absence of metal can be confirmed should be used.

• Health care providers who perform MRI exams are encouraged to provide face masks without metal to patients who will undergo an MRI.

• Continue to screen all patients for MRI safety, including looking for metallic objects, prior to MRI examinations.

Source: https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/safety-communications/wear-face-masks-no-metal-during-mri-exams-fda-safety-communication
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