November 22, 2019 — Kopp Development Inc. acquired Mednovus, Inc. ferromagnetic detection business. With the acquisition, Kopp Development is expanding its MRI safety product line to include the hand-held FerrAlert Target Scanner line. With the addition of the hand-held detector products, Kopp now has a product for all aspects of MRI safety regarding the magnetic field of the MRI machine.
In addition to the products and the FMDS technology, Kopp has acquired eight additional patents. Kopp now has 23 U.S. and international patents with more patents pending. With this intellectual property foundation, Kopp will be a technology innovator and MRI Safety leader now and in the future.
Keith Kopp, president stated: “I am very excited by this acquisition. Mednovus is a proven leader in the field. With over 2,000 detectors in use, their track record is well-established. We intend to build upon this foundation to make the MRI experience safer for all.”
Kemp Massengill, Mednovus president, said: “We are honored to pass the Mednovus baton and legacy of excellence to Keith Kopp and his exceptional Professional team at Kopp Development, the acknowledged world leader in ferromagnetic detection. This is a major safety step forward for patient care, as the synergy achieved with Kopp Development pillar and portal FMD systems and the FerrAlert Target Scanner working in tandem greatly enhances MRI Safety for the millions of patients undergoing this procedure every year.”
FerrAlert's systems provide an accurate location of the ferromagnetic threat. FerrAlert technology automatically detects and logs ferromagnetic events and exclusively provides a photographic stream which is date and time stamped. At RSNA 2019, the company is introducing the secure Encompass Data App which is encompassing of all the company's products, allowing remote monitoring of all systems’ performance. The logging includes:
- Date and time record of when the product was used;
- Ferromagnetic detection;
- The opening and closing of the door; and
- Location of the ferromagnetic threat.
All MRI facilities are required by The Joint Commission to collect data on:
- Incidents where ferromagnetic objects unintentionally entered the MRI scanner room
- Injuries resulting from presence of ferromagnetic objects in the MRI scanner room
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