Healthcare professionals working in magnetic resonance (MR) environments must be aware of warnings and contraindications for MRI examination and know requirements for careful initial patient screening, accurate determination, and characterization of permanent implanted or temporary devices. Medical devices and ferromagnetic objects may malfunction in a magnetic field or pose a projectile risk which could cause harm or injury to patients and staff. Controlling access to the environment and properly screening patients can help prevent accidents and injury. Only properly trained personnel are authorized to perform final patient screening and access equipment. Proper safety and security require plans for facility design and emergency preparedness.
Olive Peart, MS, RT(R)(M), is a SME Writer with Relias. She is an established author, radiographer and educator with years of experience as a radiologic technology program director. She has authored several radiology and mammography related textbooks. She also volunteers with RAD-AID international and served as a program manager with the Asha Jyoti: Women's Healthcare Mobile Outreach Programme, Chandigarh, India and currently serves as RAD-AID's Chief Mammography Technologist for the RAD-AID USA Women's Health Initiative.
Dr. Gibson is a pharmacist and medical writer and editor. She trained as a hospital pharmacist specializing in internal medicine and acute care. She is also the author of clinical textbooks, peer-reviewed journal articles, and continuing education programs for the medical community, and she is a leading contributor to award-winning healthcare blogs and websites.
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Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: MRI Basic
Understanding MRI Technology
Hazards and Dangers Associated with Magnetic Fields and RF Energy
Radiofrequency Energy Risks
Gradient Magnetic Field Risks
Section 3: Hazards and Dangers Associated with the MR Equipment and Medications
Section 4: MR Environment: Equipment and Personnel
Site Access Restriction
Safe Practices for Reducing Risk in the MR Environment
Patient and Personnel Screening
Safety Considerations for Pregnant Patients and Staff
Safety Considerations for Pediatric Patients
Considerations for Adults Requiring Anxiolysis Or Sedation
Facility Design and Emergency Preparedness for the MR Environment
Use with Caution
Section 5: Clinical Vignette
Section 6: Conclusion
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