Establishing a magnetic resonance safety program.
DOI: 10.1007/s00247-020-04910-y; PMCID: PMC8054505
Establishing a magnetic resonance (MR) safety program is crucial to ensuring the safe MR imaging of pediatric patients. The organizational structure includes a core safety council and broader safety committee comprising all key stakeholders. These groups work in synchrony to establish a strong culture of safety; create and maintain policies and procedures; implement device regulations for entry into the MR setting; construct MR safety zones; address intraoperative MR concerns; guarantee safe scanning parameters, including complying with specific absorption rate limitations; adhere to national regulatory body guidelines; and ensure appropriate communication among all parties in the MR environment. Perspectives on the duties of the safety council members provide important insight into the organization of program oversite. Ultimately, the collective dedication and vigilance of all MR staff are crucial to the success of a safety program.
Children; Conditional devices; Guidelines; Magnetic resonance imaging; Quality; Safety; Safety program
Sotardi ST, Degnan AJ, Liu CA, Mecca PL, Serai SD, Smock RD, Victoria T, White AM. Establishing a magnetic resonance safety program. Pediatr Radiol. 2021 May;51(5):709-715. doi: 10.1007/s00247-020-04910-y. Epub 2021 Apr 19. PMID: 33871724; PMCID: PMC8054505.