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MRI Safety Education Day

April 7, 2018 at 8:30AM to 5:00PM
Fanshawe College, London, ON

MRI Safety Education Day


If you are an MRI technologist you don't want to miss this one-day event focusing on increasing safety and image quality in MRI. 

Content is presented by renowned experts in the field, and covers topics ranging from scanning medical implants to tweaking your protocols to ensure the best scan for your patient!

  The first 50 registrants receive gifts from www.MRIsafety.com and the chance to win Dr. Frank G. Shellock's newest book!


Final Agenda

Time Title Speaker
8:00 Registration Opens  
8:30 Welcome Liz Lorusso

MRI – The Most Dangerous, Completely Safe Imaging Modality

Steven will empower the audience to understand how MRI safety information fits into their daily work. This is so important to stress and to encourage technologists to avoid complacency. Technologists have the ability and need the inspiration to drive change in the industry for a safer MRI experience.

Objectives include:
• Review MRI Safety from the perspective of the MRSO.
• Outline safety from the Technologists responsibilities.
• Provide an overview of industry innovations and new research including its effects on MRI Safety.
• Explore MRI safety and where do we go from here


Steven Rombeek, BSc., MRSO, MRT(R)(MR)

Safe imaging techniques for Rectal MRI

Ed Introduces the knowledge and technical skills essential for successful rectal imaging in MRI. Patient preparation and set up will greatly improve both the safety of the exam for the patient as well as the quality of images.

Objectives include:
• Understand the setup and preparation of patients for rectal scanning.
• Identify and gain familiarity with the rectal protocol at SJHC
• Explore scanning pitfalls and how to avoid them


Edward Nitz, MRT(NM)(MR), AHT

MRI Coil Safety and Specific Absorption Rate

Siemens Healthineers presents an overview of coil safety targeting Transmit/Receive and Receive Only coils as well as Tips and Tricks on Reducing SAR during your scans. This presentation will also review how RF is delivered with the different types of coils, proper handling and care of your coils and proper patient positioning within the coil.

Objectives include:
• Understanding Type of Coil – Transmit Receive (TxRx) and Receive Only
• Understanding How RF is Delivered with Different Types of Coils
• Reviewing proper handling and care of coils
• Explaining proper patient positioning for optimal images
• Exploring tips and tricks for reducing SAR
• Reviewing First Level SAR, what it means and when to use it.


Rhonda Price

Talk sponsored by Siemens Healthineers


Gadolinium Safety 

This talk will begin with a brief background into why gadolinium is used in MRI. Next, we explore the tolerability of gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) along with a review of how the association between GBCA administration and the development of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) has impacted the utilization of these agents. This talk will also present the current understanding of gadolinium presence in the brain based on clinical studies and non-clinical research. Finally, an update will be provided on the actions taken by regulatory bodies and radiological societies around the world regarding the presence of gadolinium in tissues.

Objectives Include:
• To review the use and safety of gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs)
• To understand the latest information on gadolinium presence in the brain and how it relates to the stability of GBCAs
• To provide an update on guidelines and actions taken by regulatory bodies regarding the use of GBCAs


Josh Grimes


Talk sponsored by Bayer


**Presented live via Webinar - Includes Live Q & A**

Working Toward a Better Understanding of Patient Care: Mental and Emotional Awareness

Technologists are a vital part of the healthcare team. In addition to being able to perform the required exams well in all sorts of circumstances, they must be able to deal with patients with all kinds of personalities and difficulties whether they be physical, mental or emotional. An understanding of the Glasgow Coma Scale, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, and Kübler-Ross five stages of grief will help the technologist to satisfy the patient’s mental and emotional needs and maintain a professional caring relationship with the patient at all times. 

Objectives Include:

  • List different types of patients.
  • Discuss the patient’s level of consciousness.
  • Review Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
  • Review Küber-Ross model on “Death and Dying”
Dr. Michael  Grey, RT(R)(CT)(MR), FASRT
  **Presented live via Webinar - Includes Live Q & A**

MRI: How to Perform Proper Screening and Guidelines to Prevent Burn Injuries

Using the most up to date information and many case examples, Dr. Frank G. Shellock will present vital information related to the prevention of burn injuries associated with MRI and guidelines on how to conduct proper screening procedures to ensure safety for patients and other individuals. The content for Dr. Shellock's lecture will be presented using a webinar format followed by Questions and Answers, which will be presented live.
Attendees will be able to have an opportunity to engage Dr. Shellock in an interactive session on the important topic of MRI safety.

• Review procedures that prevent burns associated with MRI.
• Discuss the importance and key pieces of MRI screening for patients and other individuals
• Describe the risks associated with implants and devices – passive and active.


Frank G. Shellock, Ph.D., FACR, FISMRM, FACC, FACSM

Evaluating the Safety of Medical Implants in MRI

This talk will explore the theory and practical aspects of MRI safety with respect to evaluations of medical implants and their documentation. Keeping patients safe is an ongoing struggle and with more and more implants being used it is important to stay aware of changes in the field and how the safety of implants is assessed.

Objectives Include:
• Identify the basic safety concerns related to exposure of medical implants to the MRI environment.
• Identify the steps of a general MRI safety pre-screening program related to medical implants (including conditional implants).
• Understand the probabilistic nature of adverse events.
• Become familiar with common MRI safety myths related to implants safety.
• Understand spatial gradients and how to use scanner-specific information to ensure that MRI safety conditions are met before, and during a scan.
• Identify the main components of an implant MRI safety evaluation report
• Review strategies and resources used to speed up the MRI safety evaluation of implants.


Jean Théberge, PhD., FCCPM

Evaluation and testing of commercial medical devices: the current environment and future developments

We will focus on the practical aspects of MRI-conditional medical device evaluation from the perspective of the medical device manufacturer. The challenges associated with evaluation of very large-scale device families will be discussed. The current testing regulations will be briefly reviewed, and the future testing methods discussed.

Objectives Include:

  • Recognize the national and international test standards applicable for evaluation of MRI-conditional medical devices.
  • Understand differences in MRI testing requirements for implantable versus non-implanted medical devices.
  • Identify the role of computer simulation in the evaluation of MRI-conditional MRI devices.
  • Describe the approach to the evaluation of large-scale families of medical devices for use with the MRI system.
Blaine Chronik, PhD



Early Bird Members (EXTENDED to March 29)


Early Bird Non-Members (EXTENDED to March 29)






Printed Materials

Printed materials are a correlated copy of the electronic material provided with registration



* Lunch and Break refreshments are included with registration.




Fanshawe College
1001 Fanshawe College Blvd
Building T - Lecture Hall T1002/1003
London, ON N5Y5R6

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