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Public Alert No. 035/2020 – On The Use Of Face Mask Containing Metal Parts During MRI Exams

December 18, 2020,

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has been informed by U.S Food and Drug Administration MedWatch that patients may be injured if they wear face masks with metal parts and coating 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 MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses strong magnets and radio waves (radiofrequency energy) to make pictures of the inside of the body and monitor medical treatment.

Recommendations

NAFDAC implores the public to avoid the use of face masks containing metal parts, like bendable nose piece or staples on the headband, nanoparticles, or antimicrobial coating that may contain metal, during MRI Exam

Healthcare professionals are encouraged to confirm that face masks worn by their clients during MRI Exams do not contain metal parts.

Patients and healthcare providers are advised to report adverse events and quality problems they experienced using these products to the nearest NAFDAC office, NAFDAC PRASCOR (20543 TOLLS FREE from all networks) or via pharmacovigilance@nafdac.gov.ng

NAFDAC……..Customer-focused, Agency-minded!!!

Signed Management

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