Virtual MRI Safety Symposium

Oct 17, 2020 09:00AM to Oct 17, 2020 03:30PM

 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 Preventing and Dealing with RF burns to advanced solutions for imaging challenging patients!






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October 17, 2020  
8:30 am - 9:00 am  Registration
9:00 am - 3:30 pm  



Dr. Jean Théberge PhD, FCCPM 

Medical Physicist, Department of Diagnostic Imaging 

St. Joseph’s Health Care London 


Preventing or Dealing with RF Burns 


This presentation will introduce the major theoretical and practical concepts in preventing or dealing with an excessive MRI-related patient heating encountered in clinical diagnostic practice. The learning objectives that will be focused on include: Identifying the mechanisms of normal and excessive heating; Identifying the approaches to minimize the risk of excessive heating; Identify important steps in dealing with thermal events and inju

Dr. Théberge is a certified MRI Physicist at St. Joseph’s hospital in London Ontario Canada.  He is also a scientist at the Lawson Health Research Institute where he heads the NeuroPsychiatry Imaging Lab. He is an associate professor at Western University in the departments of Medical Imaging, Medical Biophysics and Psychiatry. As a consulting Physicist Dr. Theberge visits hospital sites to provide MR safety education and is involved in the training of MRI technologists in the London area.                     
Dr. Michael Noseworthy PhD, PEng 

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering 

McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton 



Safety Issues Concerning Gadolinium Chelates 


In the late 2000s we all because acutely aware of adverse reactions due to gadolinium based contrast agents (GBCAs), namely nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF). Morerecently however, many have noted accumulation of Gd in the brain in patients not atrisk for NSF. Furthermore, we now know that Gd can be retained for years in bone and there have been reports of long term chronic side effects, hypothesized to somehow be related to its release. In this presentation, I will briefly explain the different classes ofGBCAs and how they function to change MRI signals. The bulk of my presentation will focus on how Gd has been measured and correlated with toxic events, beyond NSF; and what the future holds for GBCAs in clinical practice 


Dr. Noseworthy received a M.Sc. from the University of Guelph for work in the evaluation of anaesthetic hepatotoxicity using MRI, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and in vivo 31P-NMR. He obtained a PhD from the University of Guelph specializing in applications of MRI/MRS and electron paramagnetic resonance methods to assess free radical induced brain damage.  He was a postdoctoral fellow in Imaging Physics at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre working on the evaluation of tissue microvasculature through the development of correlative MRI and energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis. Dr. Noseworthy worked as a MRI physicist at The Hospital for Sick Children and University HealthNetwork (UHN), Toronto, and was Assistant Professor in Medical Biophysics and Medical Imaging, University of Toronto. He was recruited to St. Joseph’s Healthcare and McMaster University in August 2003. Following 3 years as an Assistant Professor in Radiology and Medical Physics at McMaster, Dr. Noseworthy obtained a tenure-track assistant professor position in Electrical & Computer Engineering at McMaster University, where he currently resides as a full professor. He was the Co-Director of the school of Biomedical Engineering (from 2010 to 2020) and has been Director of ImagingPhysics and Engineering at the Imaging Research Centre, St. Joseph’s HealthcareHamilton since 2003. Dr. Noseworthy also has Special Professional Staff status at St.Joseph’s Healthcare in both Radiology and Nuclear Medicine. He has received funding from numerous sources including NSERC, CIHR, CFI and ORF, has published almost 150 peer-reviewed papers, 255 conference papers and had supervised almost 70 graduate students and post docs. Dr. Noseworthy is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) and European Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology (ESMRMB). 



Jeff Frimeth MSc, MCCPM, CIIP, MRSO, MRSE 

President & Chief Medical Physicist 

JF Medical Physics 

Updates in MR Safety from the ACR: How these may impact your clinical practice 


This presentation will include a brief overview of MR safety basics to ensure cognizance of appropriate risks. It will also discuss the rationale for, and recent updates and critical information regarding MR safety from the ACR. Jeff will provide technologists with the opportunity to learn practical approaches on how to appropriately implement the recent updates and critical information.  

 Jeff Frimeth is President & Chief Medical Physicist. He has worked with multiple organizations in the diagnostic medical imaging community in order to establish appropriate standards of patient care in Ontario (i.e. OAR, CPSO, and CCO), as well as presented on numerous occasions to radiologists, residents, MRT's, radiology managers, and dentists on various topics. Jeff is board-certified in Diagnostic Radiological Physics and Mammography by the CCPM (Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine), is a Certified Imaging Informatics Professional (by the American Board of Imaging Informatics), a certified Magnetic Resonance Safety Officer by the ABMRS (American Board of Magnetic Resonance Safety), and a certified Magnetic Resonance Safety Expert



Andrew Chan MRT (MR, NM) 

MRI Modality Manager 

Philips Healthcare Canada 


MRI Safety and Workflow Features: How Philips technology is truly making an impact 


This interactive presentation will highlight how Philips technology addresses MRI safety and workflow challenges of MRI technologists.  

This presentation will feature software solutions like ScanWise to guide the technologist in scanning patients with conditional implants as well as integrated workflow solutions like SmartScan to aid in a streamlined technologist workflow. It will also cover the new revolutionary Ambition MRI which is an industry-changing fully sealed “Helium Free” MRI that will alter how hospitals think about quench procedures. 

Andrew Chan is an experienced applications specialist and the new MRI Modality Manager for Philips Canada. He has an Honours BSc from McMaster University in Neural Computation (Behavioural Neuroscience Stream) as well as a BSc from U of T in Medical Radiation Sciences and both an MRI and Nuclear Medicine diploma from the Michener Institute. Throughout Andrew’s career, he has worked in many clinical settings including clinics and various roles in several hospitals including work as Lead Technologist for 7 years.   

Brian De Souza MRT

National Clinical Manager

Siemens Healthineers Canada

Advanced Solutions in MRI for Challenging Patients

New imaging techniques to address the needs of the patients that previously could not be imaged successfully. This presentation will touch on routine to advanced clinical imaging, abdominal, cardiac and MSK; as well as new innovations in patient comfort.


Brian De Souza began working in MRI in Montreal as a technologist and joined Siemens as an MRI applications specialist in 1999. In 2006 when he became a Product & Applications Specialist in 1999. After a brief time away from the Siemens team, Brian became the National Clinical Manager in MRI for Siemens and has been enjoying this challenge and sharing knowledge ever since.

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