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SMRT Educational Seminars
Update: Safety in MR Examinations
Volume 8, Number 3
The SMRT Educational Seminars (Volume 8, Number 3), has been approved for 2.5 Category A Continuing Educational credits.

Read the SMRT Educational Seminars (Volume 8, Number 3), "Update: Safety in MR Examinations" and complete the quiz and official Answer Form at the back of the article. To receive credit the quiz must be completed with a score of 75% or better. Completion of all questions with a passing score will earn a total of 2.5 category A Continuing Education credits.
SMRT members should send the completed Answer Form to the SMRT Education Department for scoring. The certificate will state the CE reference number and awarded CE credits. Members receiving a score less than 75% will be notified and given the option of taking the quiz an additional two times. Members should retain their CE Certificate for their Continuing Education registry requirements.
Educational Objectives
  • To outline the key items for developing and maintaining a safe MR clinical environment.
  • To review the design and implementation of MR safety and screening policies and procedures appropriate for your department and patient population.
  • To develop MR safety training for staff and the regular auditing of safety practices.
  • To understand the mechanisms involved with radiofrequency (RF) absorption, specific absorption rate (SAR), and the resultant heating of conductors including human beings.
  • To review current safety standards set down by the FDA, CDRH, and IEC which are implemented on MR systems and utilized by technologists and radiographers.
  • To learn RF heating mechanisms of imaging coils and the potential for induced electric currents.
  • To discuss the maintenance of safety in conductive objects by minimizing local RF heating to prevent RF burns in MR imaging.
  • To provide a basic understanding of the procedures involved to optimize MR imaging in children.
  • To learn the safety aspects of pediatric MRI especially pre-examination screening, auditory concerns and contrast administration.
  • To develop a program to assist children in coping with the MRI examination utilizing several methods including communication techniques, reflecting and reacting to children, distraction techniques and environmental issues.
  • To understand image quality issues including SNR, CNR, and spatial resolution and the artifacts that are a direct reflection of the child’s physiological state while under sedation or general anesthesia.
  • To review the basic knowledge pertaining to the bioeffects and safety of MRI with an emphasis on 3-Tesla MR systems.
  • To describe techniques to ensure the safe management of patients in the MRI environment.
  • To present the latest information pertaining to MR procedures and metallic bioimplants, devices, and materials, including information for 3-Tesla MR systems.