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.
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.