MRI Safety NIH

This is a safety course for those providers who will be working with the MRI section of RADIS

MRI Safety

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Question 1

  • The NIH has safer MRI scanners, which allow us to scan all patients

Question 2

  • The MRI scanners’ magnetic fields are powered off in the evenings to improve safety here at NIH

Which safety zone is where only screened patient and staff can enter

Multiple Choice

  • Zone I
  • Zone II
  • Zone III
  • Zone IV

Hospital patient monitoring can enter the magnetic field as long as:

  • The equipment gets tethered to the wall prior to the study beginning
  • The equipment is kept at the doorway of the MRI scanner
  • The equipment is tagged as being MRI safe
  • The equipment is only used in the lower field MRI scanners

Equipment used in an MRI that is marked as MRI conditional means

  • You can only use it if certain conditions are followed
  • You can only use it if the conditioner is cycled prior to entering the magnetic field
  • You should use this device because there are too many conditions to follow

Safety in MRI is paramount because:

  • Unsafe Practices can lead to patient related burns
  • Unsafe practices can lead to patient or staff related death
  • Unsafe practices can damage equipment
  • All of the above

I have to bring a patient down to MRI, but I’m unsure of what is safe and what is not. How should I proceed?

Pick the best answer

  • Assume everything is dangerous, and ask the MRI technologist for advice and support
  • Discuss with your colleague who has been to MRI recently
  • Do your own research online
  • Wing it

The Joint Commission recognizes the dangers related to MRI, and will only accredit an MRI site if:

  • Suites are set up to identify 4 separate safety zone areas
  • Patients are required to fill out screening sheets and have them reviewed by a Technologist every visit
  • The MRI site has a safety policy in place to address the hazards of MRI
  • All of the above
  • none of the above

The NIH has an IMPLANT REGISTRY in CRIS to help with

  • Identifying which implants patients have, and how best to care for patients in an MRI environment
  • To log implants for potential implant recall purposes
  • As a way to keep track of all surgical implants conducted at the NIH
  • none of the above

The best way to keep my patient and myself safe is to:

  • Ask the technologist for help
  • Assume nothing in the MRI environment is safe
  • All of the above