Philips North America is recalling the Panorama 1.0T HFO due to risk of explosion during a quench procedure caused by excessive pressure buildup of helium gas.

During a quench, which is not common, a large amount of helium evaporates and is vented outside the building through a venting system. If an unknown blockage is present in the venting system and the pressure exceeds design limits, the structural integrity of the system could be compromised. The magnet in the Panorama 1.0T HFO may experience an unintended quench during normal use or when initiated in an emergency by the operator pressing the Magnet EMERGENCY STOP button.

The use of an affected system may cause serious adverse health consequences, including chemical exposure, lack of oxygen, tissue damage, and mechanical trauma caused by debris, such as brain injury, laceration, fracture, eye injury, bruises, and death. The issue could also lead to system or property damage.

The FDA has identified this as a class I recall, the most serious type of recall. Use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death. There has been one reported event of an explosion in 22 years of use. There have been no reports of injury or death.

On November 20, 2023, Philips North America LLC sent all affected customers an Urgent Medical Device Correction notice.

The letter requested customers to:

  • Immediately discontinue use of any impacted MR system(s).
  • NOT initiate a manual quench of the magnet, unless there is an emergency.
  • Post a “Do not use” notice on or near the impacted MR system(s)
  • Post this notice near the affected Panorama 1.0T HFO system(s) for ease of reference.
  • Circulate this notice to all users of this device so that they are aware of the product issue and associated hazard/harm until this issue has been resolved.
  • Complete and return the updated customer response form to Philips no later than 30 days from receipt of this letter.

All U.S. customers will be visited by a Philips field service engineer who will inspect the system and perform corrective replacement or repairs, if necessary.