Magnetic field effects on surgical ligation clips.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Magnetic forces exerted on surgical clips and the magnetic resonance imaging distortion they create in phantoms and rabbits at magnetic field strengths of 1.5 Tesla were investigated. Results are reported for both ligation and aneurysm clips manufactured from three types of stainless steel as well as titanium, tantalum and niobium metals. Paramagnetism and eddy currents were measured in a customized moving Gouy balance. Direct measurements of other magnetic forces were carried out in a 1.5T MRI system. The titanium and tantalum clips showed the least interaction with the magnetic field, both in terms of forces exerted and the observed image distortion with the larger clips generating the larger interactions. The strongest field distortions and attractive forces occurred with 17-7PH stainless steel clips. These interactions were ferromagnetic in origin and of sufficient strength to present significant risk to patients having this type of clip present during an MRI scan.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Brown, MA; Carden, JA; Coleman, RE; McKinney, R; Spicer, LD

Published Date

  • 1987

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 5 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 443 - 453

PubMed ID

  • 3431354

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0730-725X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0730-725x(87)90378-x


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands