July 2016

On 14 July 2016, with the goal of ensuring overall safety and patient care in the MRI environment, a coalition of international MR organizations has published a blueprint to guide the creation of three safety positions within radiology departments or imaging centers.

The document, published online in the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, outlines the duties and requirements for an MR medical director/MR research director, MR safety officer, and MR safety expert. All three people would be trained on all aspects of operating an MRI suite, have advanced knowledge of the technology, and help oversee the coordination of patient scans.

"This is a long-needed document that finally provides some guidelines on how to set up an appropriate organizational structure to manage MR safety...

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