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Annual MRI Safety

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) All individuals responsible for safety in Zones III or IV of the MR environment should be documented as having been successfully educated regarding MR safety issues.

Imaging Centers - Annually Required Compliance Education

MRI-Safety-articleMeeting compliance requirements can be confusing and difficult. The required compliance education serves several purposes. Annual training is not only an important part of ensuring patient safety and the safety of your team members, it also affects reimbursement from private insurance companies and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

The Joint Commission, American College of Radiology (ACR), Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC), States, and municipalities all require annual safety training for Fluoroscopic Radiation, CT Dose Optimization and Reduction, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) for Level I and Level II staff.

03-e88zones_1_2Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) All individuals responsible for safety in Zones III or IV of the MR environment should be documented as having been successfully educated regarding MR safety issues (in a manner defined by the facility’s MRMD) at least to a level sufficient to ensure that they do not represent a danger to themselves or others in the MR environment. Such MR safety educational participation should be repeated annually, and appropriate documentation should be maintained to confirm this ongoing MR safety educational effort. These individuals will be referred to as MR Personnel. Note that that this level of training is more in depth and formal than that which might be provided to Non-MR Personnel, as described in the following paragraph.

Individuals who have not successfully attained this level of MR safety education will be referred to as Non-MR Personnel. Specifically, Non-MR Personnel will be the terminology used to refer to any individual who has not within the previous 12 months successfully undergone the designated formal MR safety education defined by the MRMD of that installation necessary to qualify as MRImaging Campus Whitepaper Personnel.

MR Technologists

MR technologists should comply with the technologist qualifications listed in the ACR MRI

There are 2 levels of MR Personnel, as described below.

Level 1 MR Personnel: Individuals who have passed the facility’s MR safety educational requirements (as defined by the facility’s MRMD) to ensure that they would not constitute a danger to themselves or others in the MR environment will henceforth be referred to as Level 1 MR Personnel.

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Level 2 MR Personnel: Those who have been more extensively trained and educated in the broader aspects of MR safety issues, including but not limited to issues related to the potential for RF-related thermal loading or burns and direct neuromuscular excitation from rapidly changing gradients, will henceforth be referred to as Level 2 MR Personnel.

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