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1. Rationale

1.1  

This guidance and advice document overviews safety issues in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and, while not claiming to be all-inclusive, it provides direction to where appropriate information can be found.  All members of the workforce who are working or intending to work in the field are recommended to read the literature listed in this document to gain a more in depth appreciation of the issues involved.

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The purpose of this document is to:

  • increase awareness and reiterate safety issues which are uniquely associated with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • identify the professional responsibilities in ensuring safe practice in MRI
  • offer practical advice for the development of MRI safety policies
  • raise awareness of the potential impact of the European Union Physical Agents Directive concerning worker protection in Electro-magnetic fields (EUPAD)1 on working practices in MRI.

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In this document considerations are given to areas relating to hazards, safety and responsibility of MRI staff, patients and referrers.  It is not comprehensive as other documents are available, but is designed to be a useful reference guide and pointer in order for staff to be able to find and access information in busy MRI units.  The Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) and the British Association of Magnetic Resonance Radiographers (BAMRR) recommend that all departments have an up to date copy of  The MHRA publication: Safety Guidelines for Magnetic Resonance Equipment in Clinical Use.2

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This guidance updates and replaces the previous guidance document produced by SCoR and BAMRR in 2007.3  SCoR is grateful to members of the SCOR Magnetic Resonance Advisory Group (MRAG) and BAMRR policy board who contributed to the writing of this document.

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