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Spotlight on: Magnetic Resonance Advisory Group (MRAG)

1 August, 2017

Author: Dr Chris Wright, Associate Professor of Diagnostic Radiography at London South Bank University and Chair of MRAG

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The Magnetic Resonance Advisory Group (MRAG), established in 2011, was set up to provide advice to the SCoR and the Board of Trustees of the College of Radiographers (CBoT) on all matters related to Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

It also acts as a forum for the consideration of all magnetic resonance matters affecting radiographers and other members of the magnetic resonance workforce.

The 12 members of the group are drawn from all areas of practice, including clinical practitioners, managers, educationalists and researchers. it is supported by SCoR Professional Officer Alex Lipton and Council Member for Scotland Claire Donaldson.

Recently, the group has been heavily involved in MRI Safety, mainly revolving around our joint publication with BAMRR Safety in Magnetic Resonance Imaging, which is reviewed annually and available to all.

The group has also been actively involved in providing guidance to members regarding the EUPAD (European Union Physical Agents Directive EMFs) regulations, now transposed into law as the CEMFAW regulations.

Current initiatives include working with IPEM on an accredited programme for MRI Safety Experts and as a working party member with the wider MR community in the development of e-learning safety modules, with the first pilot module now available via e-Learning for Health.

Possibly the most notable recent output is the ‘Have you paused and checked?’ posters and prompt cards that have been published to serve as a handy reminder for radiographers carrying out MRI examinations. They are free to download and the posters are designed in a PDF format to allow for easy printing. They can then be displayed in the department as required. There are A4 and A3 sizes available and also
an A6 pocket version. The guidance covers patient checks, anatomical checks, user checks, system and settings checks, exposure checks and reminders on what to do at the end of an examination.

In addition, the group has recently contributed to work by Skills for Health regarding the National Occupational Standards for MRI and members are also involved in developing a clinical consensus for mp prostate MRI.

And on the horizon is further work, including reviewing the role of assistant practitioners in MRI, which will contribute to wider work within the organisation.

Further information and minutes of meetings can be viewed on the MRI webpages

If you have any questions for MRAG please contact Alex Lipton.

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