MRI Safety - e-Learning for Healthcare
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This programme is in partnership with...
  • NHS Education for Scotland

About the MRI Safety programme

MRI Safety is a web-based learning resource suitable for a range of staff working in the MRI unit, including radiographers, radiologists, physicists, clinical scientists, trainees and any associated relevant staff, for their own or others MRI safety. It has been developed by NHS Scotland, in collaboration with HEE e-Learning for Healthcare, to ensure that relevant staff are aware of the preventable risks and hazards associated with MRI. The resource will offer fundamental MRI safety knowledge and develop professional expertise in the following areas:

  • MRI safety hazards and risk management
  • MRI safety guidelines/legislation
  • MRI adverse incident management and reporting

A pilot session has been developed – Managing Patients Undergoing Anaesthesia in the MRI Unit – which is aimed at staff working with anaesthetic teams and the unconscious patient. It was written by Barbara Nugent, the project Clinical Lead and an experienced MRI radiographer, in collaboration with UK MRI professional bodies and interested parties.

This session will be evaluated by a global panel of practising MRI staff, and its impact shared. Staff undertaking this session can record it in their CPD portfolios for professional accreditation and regulatory (HCPC) CPD purposes and it directly addresses the MHRA recommendation that an MR unit should maintain a list of all MR Authorised personnel together with full details of their training and certification.

More information

Growing global evidence indicates that MRI safety, performance and wellbeing are at risk from inadequate safety protocols, lack of training, poor operational systems, and physical and socio-cultural factors. The main cause of harm to patients is injury due to burns. In addition, patients, staff and visitors are being injured – and in some circumstances, killed – by ferromagnetic objects and implant disturbance.

Such preventable harm is not helped by evidence of MRI incident recording being grossly under-reported; an estimated 1-10% of MRI incidents are never reported.

Most clinical MRI scanners are over 30,000 times stronger than the earth’s magnetic field. A common assumption is that the main danger comes from the ‘missile effect’; where ferromagnetic objects, such as oxygen cylinders, or smaller items, such as scissors or pens, can kill or severely injure anyone in their path towards the magnet.

Even though such events seem to occur regularly, the majority of injuries (70%) are estimated to arise from burns, with 10% of injuries due to the missile effect and 20% collectively due to implant disturbance, quench, fire, acoustic concerns and internal heating effects. There may be hundreds, if not thousands, of unreported MRI safety incidents currently occurring across the NHS.

Meet the team

  • Barbara Nugent

    Barbara Nugent

    Project Clinical Lead
  • Patricia Howe

    Project Manager, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare
  • e-LfH staff - Angelina Montinaro

    Angelina Montinaro

    Instructional Designer, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare
  • e-LfH staff - Neha Baj

    Neha Baj

    Senior Project Manager, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare
This programme is in partnership with...

Review Partners

  • Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine

How to access

In order to access any e-LfH programme, you will need an e-LfH account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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If you already have an account with e-LfH, then you can enrol on to the MRI Safety programme by logging in to the e-LfH Hub, selecting My Account > Enrolment and selecting the programme. You can then access the programme immediately in the My e-Learning section.

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