The ACR created a multidisciplinary blue ribbon panel to address critical issues in MR safety. Initially published in the American Journal of Roentgenology in June 2002, updated in May 2004, March 2007, and then markedly expanded and updated in 2012 (for 2013 publication in the JMRI), the ACR Guidance Document for Safe MR Practices: 2013 addresses numerous MR safety related topics, such as:

  • Static magnetic field-related issues such as translational and rotational forces on ferromagnetic materials
  • Time-varying magnetic field-related issues such as induced voltage, auditory considerations, and thermal issues
  • Personnel qualifications and training
  • Site access restrictions
  • Pregnancy-related issues
  • Guidelines on claustrophobia, anxiety, sedation, analgesia, and anesthesia
  • Contrast agent safety
  • An entirely re-written section on the safety of MR scanning of device patients, such as patients with cardiac pacemakers, implanted auto-defibrillators, etc.
  • MR siting considerations
  • Emergency preparedness planning


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