Joint Annual Meeting ISMRM-ESMRMB 2014 10-16 May 2014 Milan, Italy

A Practical Guide to MR Safety
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate
ORGANIZERS: Michael Bock, Ph.D. & Mark E. Ladd, Ph.D.
Sunday, 11 May 2014 (08:00 - 12:00)
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.
Clinicians, physicists, and technologists with a desire or identified need for improving MR safety within their practice setting.

As a result of attending 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: Michael Bock, Ph.D. & Mark E. Ladd, Ph.D.

08:00 MR Safety: Where Do the Risks Come From? Harald Kugel, Ph.D.
08:30 Planning an MR Suite: What Can Be Done To Ensure MR Safety? Emanuel Kanal, M.D., FACR
09:00 Screening the Patient: How to Deal with the Individual Subject William Faulkner, B.S., R.T.(R)(MR)(CT)
09:30     Break - Meet the Teachers  
10:00 High Field MRI: What Are the Special Safety Risks at Higher Fields? Matthias J. P. van Osch, Ph.D.
10:30 Contrast Agent Use in the Age of NSF Stefan Haneder, M.D.
11:00 MR Safety Testing of Devices: How to Separate the Good from the Bad & the Ugly Roger Lüchinger, Ph.D.
11:30 MRI Safety Events: Lessons Learned Robert E. Watson, M.D., Ph.D.
12:00     Adjournment  
      12:00 - 12:15 - Meet the Teachers