Sunrise Course:
Safety Update
Organizer: Penny A. Gowland, Ph.D., and Roger Leuchinger, Ph.D.
Skill Level: Basic to Intermediate
Tuesday, 21 April 2009 - Friday, 24 April 2009
07:00 - 08:00

This four hour course will cover the science of MR safety, and its application to safety management. Topics covered include:
  • SAR
  • Interactions of tissues with low frequency magnetic fields
  • Safe gradient coil design
  • Implants and ASTM labeling standards
  • The new ISO/IEC standard for active implants
  • Accidents
  • The risks of acoustic noise
Upon completion of this case based session, participants should be able to:
  • Explain the issues involved in setting the SAR limit for a pulse sequence;
  • List the causes of PNS and how coils are designed to prevent it;
  • Describe standards related to medical implants in the MR environment;
  • Describe causes of accidents and preventive measures in the MR environment; and
  • Explain risks and minimization of acoustic noise in the MR environment.

Tuesday, 21 April 2009
07:00 Introduction SAR Paul R. Harvey, Ph.D.
07:20 SAR Measurements Ed B. Boskamp, Ph.D.
07:40 More on SAR Franz Hebrank, Ph.D.
08:00 Adjournment  
Wednesday, 22 April 2009  
07:00 Interactions of Tissues with Low Frequency Magnetic Fields Blaine A. Chronik, Ph.D.
07:30 Gradient Coil Design Michael A. Morich, Ph.D.
08:00 Adjournment  
Thursday, 23 April 2009  
07:00 Implants and ASTM Labelling Standards Wolfgang Kainz, Ph.D.
07:30 The New ISO/IEC Standard for Active Implants  Hans M. L. Engels, Ph.D.
08:00 Adjournment  
Friday, 24 April 2009  
07:00 Accidents in the MR Environment Anne M. Sawyer, B.S., R.T.(R)(MR)
07:30 The Risks of Acoustic Noise in the MR Environment David L. Price, B.Sc., M.Sc.
08:00 Adjournment