MR Safety Training for radiologists, anesthesiologists, MRI technologists, MRI nurses and other MRI staff

Physicians, MRI nurses, and MRI technologists who monitor patients or supervise employees in and around the MR scan room require a higher level of MR Safety Training.  Comprehensive MRI Safety for Level 2 MR Personnel provides this training for specialists such as anesthesiologist, radiologists, and other healthcare providers.  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 Level 2 MR personnel should complete MRI Safety Training on an annual basis [American College of Radiology Expert Panel on MR Safety, 2013]. 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, and requires training on managing patient-specific risks for those who care for patients in the MRI environment, including the magnet room.

How will we teach you?

Deaths and critical injuries have resulted directly from catastrophic accidents in the MRI environment. Almost all of these incidents were preventable. Comprehensive MRI Safety for Level 2 MR Personnel is a focused, detailed course designed for physicians, including radiologists and anesthesiologists, CRNAs, MRI technologists, nurses, and other healthcare providers who monitor patients or supervise employees in Zones III and IV of the MRI environment. This course addresses general safety concerns associated with the MR environment, including those related to the static magnetic field, spatial gradient magnetic fields, time-varying magnetic fields, and RF radiation.  This course also addresses patient-specific concerns in the MRI magnet room for those directly responsible for patient management.  These include translational or rotational forces on implanted devices and the potential for serious burns to patients who cannot respond to stimuli. Comprehensive MRI Safety for Level 2 MR Personnel presents easy to digest information on the risks of MRI and strategies for managing these risks and takes about 1 hour to complete. 

What topics are covered?

  • 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
  • Magnetic resonance physics principles as the relate to MRI safety
  • Management of MRI safety risks
  • MRI safety zones including specific considerations for each zone
  • Device labeling standards for MRI safety
  • Methods for surveying objects for safety in Zones III and IV
  • Special considerations, including pregnant and pediatric patients
  • MRI contrast agents

This 1.5 CME MRI safety course is ideal for emergency physicians, oncologists, EMS, nurses, and other healthcare workers that must enter the MRI environment. The dangers of MRI are invisible and often underappreciated. After completing this course you will understand how to work safely and responsibly and care for patients in the MRI environment.

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