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Patient Went for MRI, Came Out With Mask-Shaped Burn

FDA warns about metals in face masks
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2020 8:26 AM CST

(Newser) – Someone is walking around with a mask-shaped burn on their face, according to the FDA. In a Tuesday alert, the agency warned against wearing face masks with metal parts during MRI exams, saying a patient had been burned "from the metal in a face mask" while undergoing a neck scan. "The report describes burns to the patient's face consistent with the shape of the face mask," the agency said, per CNN.

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Patients generally remove all metal during an MRI exam, but it seems the metal components of the mask were overlooked. Metal nose pieces and headband staples could be a problem, per HealthDay News. Additionally, metals like silver and copper may be found in a mask's antimicrobial coating. The FDA said health care professionals should confirm a face mask is free of metal or provide a safe alternative prior to the scan. (Read more FDA stories.)

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