Research MRI Safety

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Working with MRI

  1. Who should I contact for assistance?
  2. Working with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Research.
  3. What Approvals do I need?
  4. What can I do to streamline the approval process?
  5. Is research monitored following approval?
  6. What can I do to prevent problems in the laboratory?
  7. What training is required?
  8. What resources and training are available?
  9. Where do I find Policies, Procedures, and guidelines?
  10. Whom do I contact if I have additional questions?

 

Getting Started:

  1. You may contact the following for assistance

MRI Safety Committee

Andrew Nencka, Chair anencka@mcw.edu

Julie Peay, Safety Training  jpeay@mcw.edu

Center for Imaging Research

Human Subject Research using MRI at the CIR Flow Chart (PDF)

Shi-Jiang Li, Director

Medical College Office of Research

 

  1. Working with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Research

Investigators who propose to use MRI for research purposes must submit a proposal through their appropriate (local) Institutional Review Board (IRB).  The Medical College Office of Research has resources to assist you.

Working with Magnetic Resonance Imaging at FH or CDI

Investigators who propose to use FH or CDI MRI Scanners for research purposes must submit a proposal through the appropriate IRB: Medical College or FH.

 

MRI Safety Committee approval is required if the proposed research involves the use of MRI which is not standard of care performed on clinical scanners with clinical registered technologists.

 

Working with Magnetic Resonance Imaging at the Medical College

Investigators who propose to use Medical College MRI Scanners for research purposes must submit a proposal through the Office of Research.

 

The Medical College and the Center for Imaging Research manages the following MRI Scanners for human subject research:

  • 3.0T located at the Froedtert Hospital Pavilion
  • 3.0T located at the MFRC
  • 7.0T located at the MFRC

The Medical College and the Center for Imaging Research manages the following MRI Scanner for animal subject research:

  • 9.4T located at the MFRC
  1. What Approvals do I need?

MRI Safety Committee approval is required prior to IRB (human studies) or IACUC (animal studies) approval.

MRI Research Using Human Subjects

MRI Research Using Animals

Assistance is available via email: mrisafety@mcw.edu

Approval is also needed from the Center for Imaging Research if the Medical College scanners are requested.

  1. What can I do to streamline the approval process?

Investigators and study team personnel must complete MRI Safety Training prior to conducting studies at the Medical College. Application for training.

Investigators who have questions should contact the MRI Safety Committee: mrisafety@mcw.edu prior to completing the MRI Safety Form for Human or Animal studies.

 

  1. Is research monitored following approval?

Research is monitored for safety at each MRI study session by the MRI Scanner Operators

Research is monitored as needed by the MRI Safety Committee

 

  1. What can I do to prevent problems in the laboratory?

The MRI Safety Committee has developed Standard Operating Procedures and Policies to guide safe practices.

Questions and concerns may be addressed to the MRI Safety Committee: mrisafety@mcw.edu

 

  1. What training is required?

MRI Safety Training is required for study personnel working in the magnetic environment or recruiting human subjects who will enter the magnetic environment. The MRI Safety Training includes a description of the dangers within the magnetic environment and instructions for identifying subjects and equipment that should not enter the magnetic environment

Principal Investigators are required to complete MRI Safety Training as they are ultimately responsible for the safety of the study. The training may be modified depending on the previous MRI experience of the investigator.

 

  1. What resources and training are available?

The following resources are available to assist you

Office of Research

Center for Imaging Research

MRI Safety Committee

MRI Safety Training

 

  1. Where do I find Policies, Procedures, and guidelines?

MRI Safety Standard Operating Procedures and Policies

Office of Research

  1. Whom do I contact if I have additional questions?

MRI Safety Committee

Office of Research

Center for Imaging Research

 

 

Related Links

ISMRM (International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine)

MRISafety.com (Safety Website managed by Frank Shellock, PhD)

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