MR Safety Training for emergency physicians, oncologists, EMS, nurses, housekeeping, maintenance, and other healthcare workers
Many physicians and other healthcare workers will at some point find themselves in the MRI environment. The safety hazards and risks associated with the MRI environment are very different from those typically associated with medical imaging, which are related to ionizing radiation. Physicians are often unaware of these risks or underestimate them as they are invisible and cannot be seen, heard, or touched. All MR personnel should complete MRI Safety Training on an annual basis [American College of Radiology Expert Panel on MR Safety, 2013], and Standard EC.02.01.01 in the Joint Commission Diagnostic Imaging Requirements requires that healthcare organizations manage MRI safety risks by restricting access to the MRI environment to those who have been trained in MRI safety.
Deaths and critical injuries have resulted directly from catastrophic accidents in the MRI environment. Almost all of these incidents were preventable. Practical Aspects of MRI Safety for Level 1 MR Personnel is a focused course designed for physicians and other healthcare providers who work in Zones III and IV of the MRI environment. This course addresses specific safety concerns associated with the MRI environment, including those related to the static magnetic field, spatial gradient magnetic fields, time-varying magnetic fields, and RF radiation. Practical Aspects of MRI Safety for Level 1 MR Personnel offers easy to digest information on the risks of MRI and strategies for managing these risks and takes about 1 hour to complete. This course includes specific information on:
- What is MRI and how does it work?
- Magnetic resonance physics principles as they relate to MRI safety
- Definition of Level 1 and Level 2 MR personnel
- MRI site layout, including MR Safety Zones and specific considerations for each zone
- Device labeling standards for MRI safety
- MRI Safety Screening
- Strategies for managing MRI safety risks
This course is not meant for healthcare providers classified as Level 2 MR personnel (those who supervise patients or employees in the MRI environment), including radiologists, anesthesiologists, CRNAs, MRI technologists, and permanent MRI staff. Instead, these providers should complete Comprehensive MRI Safety for Level 2 MR Personnel.