Recall of Device Recall Nuclear, Magnetic Resonance Imaging

According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration, this recall involved a device in United States that was produced by Philips Electronics North America Corporation.

What is this?

A correction or removal action taken by a manufacturer to address a problem with a medical device. Recalls occur when a medical device is defective, when it could be a risk to health, or when it is both defective and a risk to health.

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  • Type of Event
  • Event ID
  • Event Risk Class
    Class 2
  • Event Number
  • Event Initiated Date
  • Event Date Posted
  • Event Status
    Open, Classified
  • Event Country
  • Event Source
  • Event Source URL
  • Notes / Alerts
    U.S. data is current through June 2018. All of the data comes from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, except for the category Manufacturer Parent Company.
    The Parent Company was added by ICIJ.
    The parent company information is based on 2017 public records.
  • Extra notes in the data
    System, nuclear magnetic resonance imaging - Product Code LNH
  • Reason
    Potential risk for helium gas inside the mr examination room during a magnet quench.
  • Action
    On March 16, 2018, Philips Healthcare distributed URGENT MEDICAL DEVICE CORRECTION notices to their customers via certified mailing. On May 24, 2018, the recall letter was distributed to additional affected customers identified by the firm. **Action to be Taken by Customer**: During a quench, a large amount of helium evaporates and is vented outside the building through a venting system. A quench causes immediate removal of the static magnetic field. A quench can occur spontaneously or can be induced if there is an emergency. In case helium gas escapes into the examination room during a magnet quench ensure strict adherence to the Instructions for Use: Release of helium gas in the examination room" If helium gas is not vented properly after the Magnet Emergency Off button is used or during a quench (for example if the helium vent pipe is blocked) a high concentration of helium gas may build up in the examination room. This gas forms clouds of cold mist. Helium gas dilutes the oxygen in the air. High concentrations of helium gas can lead to suffocation. If helium enters the examination room: " Immediately remove all persons from the examination room. " Do not switch off air circulation and ventilation in the examination room. " Do not reenter the examination room until it is confirmed that the air oxygen content is at a safe level. "Emergency procedures" The User is required to establish emergency procedures for the following situations: " A medical emergency " A fire " An emergency that requires immediate removal of the magnetic field " The release of helium gas into the examination room Philips MRI systems have an Emergency Table Stop button in case there is an emergency during tabletop movement. (Instructions for Use R5.3) Philips will schedule an inspection of all MRI systems that may be affected by this notice. If applicable the spare metal burst disk on site will also be replaced during this inspection. Metal Burst disks on all aff


  • Model / Serial
    (Added 6/25/18): 561 548 719 734 698 681 541 830 563 717 852 633 574 929 741 942 572 697 649 544 757 647 725 888 516 818 682 537 747 718 751 726 769 502 625 514 761 778 577 554 848 560 624 527 525 523 773 670 532 620 593 558 793 616 505 758 636 672 823 947 590 540 724 653 801 568 646 855 576 545 580 581 506 693 559 551 925 612 623 530 777 917 907 831 652 613 632 675 849 604 944 820 920 650 539 654 941 928 713 657
  • Product Classification
  • Device Class
  • Implanted device?
  • Distribution
    Worldwide Distribution - US Nationwide; International - Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo (Democratic Republic of the), Costa Rica, C¿te D'Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Republic of Korea - South Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, State of Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen & Zimbabwe.
  • Product Description
    T5 Model 78104 || Product Usage: || Indicated for use as a diagnostic device. It can produce cross-sectional images, spectroscopic images and/or spectra in any orientation of the internal structure of the head, body,or extremities.
  • Manufacturer


  • Manufacturer Address
    Philips Electronics North America Corporation, 3000 Minuteman Rd, Andover MA 01810-1032
  • Manufacturer Parent Company (2017)
  • Source