Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging may be contraindicated in patients with biomedical devices, among the most dangerous of which are intracranial aneurysm clips, owing to the possibility of torque and dislodgment. A case is presented in which a patient with a reportedly nonferromagnetic clip was placed in a magnetic field. The patient developed an acute intracerebral hemorrhage in the MR unit, with a fatal outcome. Imaging studies strongly suggested a torqued clip as the cause. Autopsy revealed a torn middle cerebral artery from clip movement, and the clip was identified as a ferromagnetic type. This is the first reported case, to the authors' knowledge, of a fatal outcome due to an intracranial aneurysm clip placed in a magnetic field.
- Aneurysm, cerebral, 17.73
- Head, MR, 10.1214
- Magnetic resonance (MR), safety
- Radiology and radiologists, iatrogenic injury
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiological and Ultrasound Technology