September 09, 2019

ACR Guidance Document on MR Safe Practices: 2019 Updates and Critical Information

In 2002, the ACR® issued its first guidance document on MR safe and responsible practices to establish standards for clinical and research MR environments. Today, with the advent of higher field-strength magnets, higher radiofrequencies and more complex MR environments, the risks in the MR environment continue to emerge.

To address the challenges, the ACR Committee on MR Safety recently published the ACR Guidance Document on MR Safe Practices: Updates and Critical Information 2019 in the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

The most recent version addresses new sources of risk of adverse events, increases awareness of dynamic MR environments and recommends that those responsible for MR safety undergo annual MR safety training.

Coming Soon: Updates to ACR Guidance on MR Safe Practices

In the coming months, updates and critical information from the latest document will be incorporated into an ACR Manual on MR Safe Practices. The manual will be published on the ACR MR Safety webpage and will include critical updates and important information on new MR safety concerns, facility management recommendations and new appendices, including:

Updated patient and non-MR personnel screening, including updated guidance for:

  • Orbital trauma screening
  • Prison or security personnel weapons
  • Thermal injury concerns

Updated patient safety guidance, including:

  • Zone IV entry door
  • Full-stop and final checks
  • Burn prevention
  • Non-conditional cardiac devices

New MR safety concerns, including:

  • Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) and Specific Energy Dose (SED)
  • Spatial Field Gradient (SFG)
  • Intraoperative and other nonstandard MR environments
  • Clinical 7T MR Systems

With regular updates to these manual, the latest MR safety concerns can be accounted for to ensure a safer MR environment where dangers are minimized.