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Better Understand Your MR Liability

  Jan 20th, 2015   -     MRI Safety, News   -  

Unfortunately, the number of reported safety incidents has increased significantly. MR safety training for technologists and radiologists is often not done and controlled access into this dangerous environment is either not well establisheMR-product-imaged if not at all. In response, AltusLearn Master Series on MR Safety has been developed by Bill Faulkner and Kristan Harrington.

AltusLearn Master Series on MR Safety is a 16 hour comprehensive course designed for Physicians, Technologists, Physicists, Scientists and other MR professionals. Over the past 30 years, MRI has become a major diagnostic imaging modality. Improvements in technology have resulted in faster imaging sequences and clinical systems with field strengths of up to 3 Tesla.

In 2002 the ACR first published its guidance document on MR safety and it rapidly came to be considered the de-facto industry standard for MR safety. It has been revised several times with the most recent revision in 2013. In January of 2015, it was announced that the American Board of Magnetic Resonance Safety had been formed. It’s charter is “to certify, via formally administered tests, the individuals whose charge it is to ensure the safety of magnetic resonance clinical and research environments.” This course covers all major aspects of the most current information on MR Safety and each individual may obtain Level 2 Safety Certification upon completion of the course. Both CME and CEU credits will be provided for those attending the course. This course is designed to provide all attendees with a comprehensive program focusing on the many aspects of MR safety principles and practices. The goal is to provide the attendees with the material to help them improve MR safety practices in their clinical setting. This being said, it is critical for all healthcare professionals working in the MR environment, both directly and indirectly to have a clear understanding of how to create a safe environment. This course is designed to address all of these goals.

Learn more and register on the Master Series site today!


Topics to be covered in MR Safety include:

Overview of ACR Guidelines

Joint Commission Publications and Sentinel Event Alerts

MR Patient, Healthcare Personnel, and non-patient Screening Non-MR personnel in the MR Environment

Infection Control

Handling Medical Emergencies in the MR Environment Patient Care: Claustrophobia, Anxiety and Monitoring

Siting Considerations

Implementing ACR Safety Zones (I – IV)

Effect Use of Ferromagnetic Detection

Ferro-Free Environment

Cryogen Safety

Patients with Implants and Devices

Active and Passive Devices

Approved Labeling Terminology

Static Magnetic Field

Biologic Effects


Mechanical Forces: Rotational, Translations and Lens Forces Time Varying Gradient Magnetic Field


Biologic Effects Radio Frequency


Biologic Effects

Implants and Devices Specific Absorption Rate