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Super Conductor or Attractive Nuisance? Real Talk About MR Safety...With No Spin

M Cao1*, D Jordan2*, (1) UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, (2) University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Shaker Heights, OH


(Saturday, 3/30/2019) 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Room: Osceola Ballroom C

Expanding utilization and increased awareness of risks has recently made MR safety a topic of interest in the imaging community. Further, MRI safety programs have come under increased attention from accrediting bodies. The ACR in particular now requires that the medical physicist review the safety program annually. In addition, there has been strong interest in integrating MRI into the radiation therapy workflow either as a stand-alone unit or in new radiation delivery technologies. MR safety is one of the major challenges in incorporating MRI in therapy since most therapy physicists are not yet accustomed to a working environment with high magnetic fields. Many medical and immobilization devices used in radiotherapy also lack clear labels with regard to MR safety. This Joint session provides practical guidance for the physicist tasked with conducting annual MRI safety program evaluations as well as discusses strategies and provides guidance for establishing MR safety programs in the radiation oncology environment.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe resources and references that provide benchmarks for the content of a
facility’s MRI safety program.
2. Evaluate implementation of MRI safety programs through observation and review
of documentation.
3. Identify the safety challenges of integration of MRI into radiation therapy and
describe the strategies and references for establishing MR safety programs in


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