MR Safe Instruments
MR Safe Instruments, comprised of a variety of taps, screwdriver blades, one drill bit and one screwdriver handle with miniquick coupling, are to be used in magnetic resonance imaging procedures.
Most medical device instruments used in an MRI Suite are manufactured from nonmagnetic materials such as L605, MP35N or 316LEH. The MR Safe Instruments will be manufactured from MP35N (blades, taps and drill bit) and 316LEH stainless steel (screwdriver handle) because they are stronger and have better wear characteristics compared to the L605 material. All of the instrument designs already exist as standard products.
The MR Safe Instrument Project was initiated to meet the needs of those surgeons who perform operations in a MRI Suite or a MRI Environment, which is highly magnetic. Instruments made out of materials, such as 440A and X15-TN stainless steel are highly magnetic and can be extremely dangerous to both the patient and those performing or assisting in the operative procedure.
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