MRI Safety Update and Innovations Day to be held in September

The MRI Safety Update and Innovations Day, a hybrid event, will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2023, at The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

An exceptional line-up of speakers and topics has been brought together by MRI Safety Matters for the 2023 MRI Safety Update and Innovations Day which will be returning to Edinburgh on Saturday, September 16, 2023. This ‘live’  conference (online optional) is aimed at MR radiographers, radiologists, physicists, clinical scientists, MRI departmental managers, industry experts and associated MRI staff. The learning outcomes are endorsed by the CPD scheme of The College of Radiographers, and this course provides seven CPD credits in accordance with the CPD scheme of The Royal College of Radiologists.

The keynote speaker will be Tobias Gilk, an architect and leading MRI safety advocate, who speaks internationally to promote MRI safety. He will pose the question of whether the MR community is keeping pace with growing MRI safety risks and describe how to plan for safety. Professor Martin Graves, co-author of several books including the award-winning MRI: from Picture to Proton, will be presenting on advanced acceleration techniques including parallel imaging and compressed sensing. Associate Professor Donald McRobbie, author of the Essentials of MRI Safety textbook (also co-author of MRI: from Picture to Proton), will present virtually to consider SAR versus B1+rms and describe which is best. Dr Frank Shellock, creator of the internationally popular website and director of MRI safety at the University of Southern California, will also present virtually and will discuss the topic of managing patients with passive implants on MR systems operating below 1.5 T. The MRI safety considerations when working in high field systems (at 7.0T) will be presented by Philippa Bridgen, lead advanced radiographer of the London Collaborative Ultrahigh Field MRI Centre (LoCUS Centre). How to introduce and implement MRI safety in radiotherapy departments will be described by The Royal Marsden’s MR-linac operational superintendent, Trina Herbert. The latest guidance on MRI provision for cauda equina syndrome will be covered by radiographer and BAMRR representative Rachel Watt. NHS Highland’s MR clinical scientist, Dr Jonathan Ashmore, will discuss UK generic implant scanning procedures and whether the make and model should always be identified before scanning. Imperial College London’s postdoctoral research radiographer, Dr Karyn Chappell, will describe Magic Angle Directional Imaging and its role in musculoskeletal MRI. American MR technologist Alex Shcherbakov and the event host, Barbara Nugent, will present the MRI Operator Notebook, a collaborative innovation containing specially designed templates and links to MRI guidance intended to be a useful workplace resource. All in-person delegates will receive a complimentary copy of this notebook. Contrast agents will also be discussed by leading experts in the field. A question-and-answer panel with the speakers will close the session, before a social reception, provided courtesy of MRI Safety Matters.

With more content yet to be announced, this conference will be exceptional. It is eagerly anticipated by previous attendees, so we highly recommend registering soon. The prices remain the same as last year and group discounts are available. If funded and attending in-person, the price is £175 plus VAT; if self-funding, it’s £150 plus VAT. In-person price includes a full day of lectures, hot buffet lunch and refreshments, course materials, a vendors’ exhibition, a copy of the MRI Operator Notebook, and an invitation to the optional post-event social reception. The price, if funded and attending virtually or on-demand, is £125 plus VAT; if self-funding, it’s £100 plus VAT. All delegates automatically receive on-demand access when the recordings become available. To enable students to access this education, a special rate applies of £30 inclusive of VAT whether attending in-person or online (in-person attendance is highly recommended).

To register, please visit or email Barbara Nugent.

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