Magnetic resonance imaging characteristics of a lead pencil foreign body in the hand

E. W. Nelson, M. M. DeHart, A. W. Christensen, D. K. Smith

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Abstract

Foreign body detection and removal from the hand can present a challenging problem for the hand surgeon. Imaging studies often are of little help and may even be misleading regarding the size and location of the object. This article reports imaging techniques used in the detection of foreign bodies and presents a case in which magnetic resonance imaging was used to localize a lead-pencil foreign body in the hand prior to surgical removal. We also present the results of magnetic resonance imaging analysis of several lead pencils, showing a similar signal that indicates that iron and magnesium were responsible for the artifact seen on the magnetic resonance image.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-103
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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