Countdown begins: MRI Safety Update and Innovations Day returns

The highly anticipated MRI Safety Update and Innovations hybrid event is just around the corner, making its return on Saturday, September 16, 2023, at The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. Delegates can expect an extraordinary line-up of speakers and cutting-edge topics.

MR radiographers, radiologists, physicists, clinical scientists, MRI departmental managers, industry experts and associated MRI staff, will have the opportunity to explore the topics of MRI safety and hear about the latest guidance and innovations. The learning outcomes are endorsed by the College of Radiographers and radiologists can earn seven CPD credits in accordance with the CPD scheme of The Royal College of Radiologists.

Delegates can look forward to hearing from the following speakers:

Keynote speaker, Tobias Gilk, an esteemed architect and leading MRI safety advocate, will share his insights on the crucial topic of whether the MRI community is effectively addressing the growing safety risks in MRI environments, and will also discuss how to plan for MRI safety.

Professor Martin Graves, co-author of award-winning books like MRI: from Picture to Proton, will delve into advanced acceleration techniques, including parallel imaging and compressed sensing.

Associate Professor Donald McRobbie, renowned author of the Essentials of MRI Safety textbook (also co-author of MRI: from Picture to Proton), will present virtually a thought-provoking comparison between SAR and B1+rms in relation to MRI safety.

Dr Frank Shellock, creator of the globally acclaimed website and director of MRI safety at the University of Southern California, will present virtually to address the crucial topic of managing patients with passive implants on MR systems operating below 1.5 T.

Philippa Bridgen, lead advanced radiographer of the London Collaborative Ultrahigh Field MRI Centre, will discuss the essential safety considerations when working with high-field systems.

Trina Herbert, The Royal Marsden’s MR-linac operational superintendent, will share her expertise on introducing and implementing MRI safety in radiotherapy departments.

Rachel Watt, radiographer and BAMRR representative, will present the latest guidance on MRI provision for cauda equina syndrome.

Dr Jonathan Ashmore, MR clinical scientist at NHS Highland, will delve into UK generic implant safety procedures in MRI, asking if we always need to identify the make/model of implants before scanning.

Dr Karyn Chappell, postdoctoral research radiographer at Imperial College London, will present the fascinating technique of Magic Angle Directional Imaging and describe its pivotal role in musculoskeletal MRI.

Guerbet’s global head of medical information, Dr Imran Shahid, will be reviewing the international pharmacovigilance databases; exploring if there are any potential Symptoms Associated with Gadolinium Exposure (SAGE), in patients exposed to gadolinium-based contrast agents.

Anita Gianella, Bayer’s industry expert, will discuss imaging of the CNS.

American MR technologist Alex Shcherbakov and event host Barbara Nugent will unveil the groundbreaking MRI Operator Notebook. This contains custom designed templates and links to guidance, all designed as a useful tool for storing MRI notes. The notebook will be provided complimentary to all in-person delegates.

Prices for in-person attendance remain the same as last year: £175+VAT (funded) or £150+VAT (self-funded). As well as the innovative notebook, in-person delegates will also enjoy a hot buffet lunch, a vendors’ exhibition, and are invited to a post-event reception, courtesy of MRI Safety Matters.

If you are unable to attend in person there is still the opportunity to join us virtually. The price is £125+VAT (funded) or £100+VAT (self-funded).

Students and those in financial hardship can apply for subsidised rates (£25+VAT).

All delegates, whether in-person or virtual, automatically receive on-demand access when the recordings become available.

To register please visit or email Barbara Nugent.

MRI Safety Matters would like to thank our platinum sponsors, Guerbet, Bayer and Metrasens, and our bronze sponsors, Agito Medical, Probo Medical, Synapse Medical, Esaote, Pearl Technology and GE HealthCare. Thanks also to BAMRR for their support.

This news story has been sponsored by the companies concerned and does not represent the views or opinions of RAD Magazine.

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