ISMRM 23rd Annual Meeting & Exhibition 30 May - 05 June 2015 Toronto, Ontario, Canada

A Practical Guide to MR Safety
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate
ORGANIZERS: Michael Bock, Ph.D. & Mark E. Ladd, Ph.D.
Sunday, 31 May 2015
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.
Medical physicists, clinicians, and technologists 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: Michael Bock, 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 Side Effects of High Magnetic Fields
Richard W. Bowtell, Ph.D., M.A.
16:00 Contrast Agent Use in the Age of NSF
Tim Leiner, M.D., Ph.D., E.B.C.R.
16:30 MR Safety of Implants: How to Separate the Good from the Bad & the Ugly
Oliver Kraff, Ph.D.
17:00 MRI Safety Events: Lessons Learned
Robert E. Watson, M.D., Ph.D.
17:30   Adjournment & Meet the Teachers