FDA Safety Communication. MedWatch Safety Alert. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; December 7, 2020.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) requires patient preparation steps to protect against inadvertent harm. This announcement cautions patients and providers to assess masks being worn to protect against COVID-19 transmission for metal components that can result in patient burns during the exam. Recommendations for safety include enhanced screening to ensure masks are safe for the exam environment.