K-Wire MRI

We have been asked a couple times whether or not K-Wire is MRI compatible. We cannot speak for all K-Wires since K-Wires can come in different shapes and sizes. The most common K-Wire is made of Stainless Steel. Nitinol is the second most common, we typically see it in about 8% of the K-Wires we make.

It is possible for K-Wires to be MRI compatible. Often times the distributor or OEM you purchased from will have labeling which describes the compatibility of the K-Wire you are using.  If you are unsure, make sure to contact the K-Wire OEM for additional information.

Here are several good articles discussing this topic:

http://mrimetaldetector.com/blog/2009/03/mri-and-metal/

http://www.mrisafety.com/safety_article.asp?subject=44

Make sure to consult your MRI operator prior to the scan if you have a K-Wire implant in your body.

 

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