Firearm safety in the MR imaging environment

Emanuel Kanal*, Ali Shaibani

*Corresponding author for this work

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The safety of small-caliber firearms in a 1.5-T magnetic resonance (MR) imaging environment was assessed with six handguns, which were unloaded before testing. Each firearm was withdrawn barrel-first to assess the interaction of the magnetic field with the hammer and/or trigger. Two of the six weapons discharged reproducibly. A firearm in an MR imaging suite should be unloaded before removal or any other manipulation is attempted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)875-876
Number of pages2
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1994


  • Firearms
  • Magnetic resonance (MR), safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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