The Research MRI Safety Committee

The Research Magnetic Resonance Safety Committee (MRISC) has functioned since 1993, ensuring the safety of research subjects, investigators, study personnel and equipment. In 2007 the Senior Associate Dean for Research acknowledged the work of the MRISC and officially appointed the members. A representative attends the meetings of the MCW Joint Safety (JSC) Committee. Reviews of human subject protocol submissions that included the use of MRI began in 2007. The MRISC also began reviewing Animal studies. Working with the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and the Biomedical Resource Center (BRC) the MRI Animal Monitoring Standards were implemented October 28, 2008. The dedicated website: Research MRI Safety was established in 2012.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Research MRI Safety Committee is to foster an environment for the safe use of MRI in research at MCW. This mission is accomplished by conducting timely reviews of human participant and animal studies using MRI, providing the necessary safety training for researchers and staff, ensuring only trained and safety screened individuals have access to the magnetic environment, evaluating the safe use of accessory equipment in or around the magnetic environment, and serving as an available resource for investigators and others.

Committee Members

Members of the committee are appointed by the Senior Associate Dean for Research for terms of three years. The committee currently consists of individuals who bring basic science and clinical research experience to the review process.

Chair: Andrew Nencka, PhD
Assistant Professor of Radiology/Research
(414) 955-4766

Vice Chair: Mark Hohenwalter, MD
Associate Professor of Radiology
(414) 805-2173

Steven Jankowski, BS RT (R)(MR)
MRI Technologist Radiology, Research
(414) 805-6378

Andrew Klein, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiology
(414) 805-3750

Kevin Koch, PhD
Associate Professor of Radiology/Research
(414) 955-4034

Peter LaViolette, PhD
Assistant Professor of Radiology/Research
(414) 955-7490

Mohit Maheshwari, MD
Associate Professor of Radiology/Pediatric Radiology
(414) 266-8632

L.Tugan Muftuler, PhD
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery/Research
(414) 955-7627


 

Standard Operating Procedures

The MRI Safety Committee developed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) which are reviewed and updated as needed.

Appointment to the Committee (PDF)

Approving Protocol Submissions (PDF)

Committee Responsibilities (PDF)

Contact Research MRI Safety

MRI Safety Training: Steven Jankowski, BS RT (R)(MR), MRI Technologist

Chair, MRI Safety Committee: Andrew Nencka, PhD, Assistant Professor

MRI Safety Committee

MRIresearch@mcw.edu

Center for Imaging Research (CIR)

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