ISMRM 21st Annual Meeting & Exhibition 20-26 April 2013 Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

A Practical Guide to MR Safety
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate
ORGANIZERS: Michael Bock, Ph.D. & Mark E. Ladd, Ph.D.
Sunday, 20 April 2013
Establishing and maintaining MR safety is a challenging task for both clinical and technical MR users. In this course the physical principles behind the safety risks are described, and the different safety risks for both patients and personnel are presented. The course aims to provide practical guidelines to set up a safe MR environment.
Everyone with an interest in MR safety.

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Identify sources of safety risks and to establish measures to avoid them;
  • Establish safety measures for patient screening before an MR exam; and
  • Assess the specific safety risks associated with the use of contrast agents, high field MRI and implanted devices.


Moderators: Christopher M. Collins, Ph.D. & Mark E. Ladd, Ph.D.

13:30 MR Safety: Where Do the Risks Come From? Harald Kugel, Ph.D.
14:00 Planning an MR Suite: What Can Be Done To Ensure MR Safety? Emanuel Kanal, M.D., F.A.C.R.
14:30 Screening the Patient: How to Deal with the Individual Subject Anne Marie Sawyer, B.S., R.T.(R)(MR), FSMRT
15:00     Break - Meet the Teachers  
15:30 High Field MRI: What Are the Special Safety Risks at Higher Fields? Richard W. Bowtell, Ph.D.
16:00   Contrast Agent Use in the Age of NSF -permission withheld Stefan Haneder, M.D.
16:30 MR Safety Testing of Devices: How to Separate the Good From the Bad & the Ugly Roger Lüchinger, Ph.D.
17:00 MRI Safety Events: Lessons Learned Robert E. Watson, M.D., Ph.D.
17:30     Adjournment  
      17:30-17:45 Meet the Teachers