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Research MRI Safety

MRI Safety Forms and FAQs

Download (this may take a moment) and complete the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) forms as needed.

If you need to amend the study and have used a previous version of the forms, please complete a new form.

If you need to amend the study and have used the current SOP form, make the changes and re-submit the form.

SOP Human Subject Research using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) (DOCX)

SOP Animal Subject Research using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) (DOCX)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Screening form for Research Subjects (PDF)

Gadolinium Use for Research Screening form (PDF)

Form FAQs

Frequently asked questions about which forms to use for research using MRI at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). If you need further assistance or have questions, please contact us.

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Which form do I use if submitting an application for research using MRI with human subjects?
Complete the SOP form Human Subject Research Using Magnetic Resonance (MRI) (DOCX) if you propose to use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or spectroscopy (MRS) as a research procedure on human subjects.

Which form do I use if submitting an application for research using MRI with animal subjects?
Complete the SOP form Animal Subject Research Using Magnetic Resonance (MRI) (DOCX) if you propose to use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or spectroscopy (MRS) on animals.
What form do I use to screen human subjects or others before they enter the scanner magnet room?
Use this form to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Screening Form for Research Subjects (PDF) properly investigate the potential safety risk of your subjects and others BEFORE entering the magnetic environment.
Which form do I use for screening the health of subjects receiving Gadolinium-based contrast?
The established Gadolinium Use SOP (PDF) must be followed when administering contrast for research purposes only.

General FAQs

Frequently asked questions about related topics for research using MRI at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). If you need further assistance or have questions, please contact us.

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Can you explain the process for MRI safety approval?
The Research MRI Safety review and approval process has been charted for your reference.

How do I amend a research study using MRI and human or animal subjects?
See instructions at the top of the page to amend your human or animal study.

How do I obtain permission to use MCW mri scanners?
You must apply through the Center for Imaging Research (CIR) to obtain permission.

How do I obtain permission to use MRI scanners at Froedtert, Children's, or affiliated institutions?
You must contact the institution where you are proposing to use the MRI scanner.

FH: Office of Clinical Research and Innovative Care Compliance (OCRICC) (414) 805-4082

CHW: Office of Corporate Compliance Children's Hospital and Health System
(CHHS) Diane Bauer at (414) 266-6237 or dbauer@chw.org
Is research monitored following approval?
Research is monitored for safety at each MRI study session using the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) scanners, by the MRI Scanner Operators.

The MRI Scanner Operators have the authority to stop a study session if they deem there is a significant safety risk to continue.

Research is additionally monitored as needed by the Research MRI Safety Committee, whose mission is to foster an environment for the safe use of MRI in research at MCW. This includes ensuring properly trained personnel are on site, equipment is being operated safely, and that subjects are adequately screened for safety.
What are the relevant policies, procedures, and guidelines?
Please review the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) within the Research MRI Safety Committee website prior to conducting research using MRI at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
What can I do to prevent problems in the laboratory?
The Research MRI Safety Committee has developed Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to guide safe practices for the use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging for research at the Medical College of Wisconsin. It is expected that all investigators and study team personnel adhere to these procedures.

Questions and concerns may be addressed to the Research MRI Safety Committee: MRIresearch@mcw.edu
What can I do to streamline the approval process?
Investigators and study team members working with the Medical College of Wisconsin MRI scanners for research must complete MRI Safety Training.

Applications for research must be submitted to the IRB (Human subjects) or the IACUC (Animal Subjects) and the appropriate MRI Research form completed (see top of page.)

Approval for use of the Medical College of Wisconsin scanners in the FH Pavilion and or the MFRC building is required from the Center for Imaging Research (CIR).

Approval for use of Froedtert, Children's or other affiliated MRI scanners must be obtained from those institutions.
What is the MCW policy for using Gadolinium-based contrast for research only?
The established Gadolinium Use SOP (PDF) must be followed when administering contrast for research purposes only.

What is the procedure for conducting human subject research using MRI?
The process for conducting human subject research using MRI involves several steps.

What research MRI Safety Committee approvals do i need?
Research MRI Safety Committee approval is required prior to IRB (human studies) or IACUC (animal studies) approval.

MRI Research Using Human Subjects (DOCX)

MRI Research Using Animals (DOCX)

Assistance is available via MRIresearch@mcw.edu

Approval is also needed from the Center for Imaging Research (CIR) if the Medical College of Wisconsin scanners are requested.
What resources are available?
Support is available for research using MRI from the:

Research MRI Safety Committee

Center for Imaging Research (CIR)
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 of the scanners at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). 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 who will conduct research using the MCW scanner(s) are required to complete MRI Safety Training as they are ultimately responsible for the safety of the study. Training may be modified depending on the previous MRI experience of the investigator.
Where can I find a quick list of safety concerns for the scanner magnet room?
Note: this quick checklist (PDF) is used only for individuals visiting the area briefly. Screening of human subjects and others who will be entering the scanner room and the scanner magnet MUST complete the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Screening Form (PDF) for Research Subjects.
Whom do I contact if I have additional questions?
Research MRI Safety Committee
General Inquiries: MRIresearch@mcw.edu
Chair: Andrew Nencka, PhD anencka@mcw.edu
Safety Training: Steve Jankowski, BS RT (R)(MR) sjankowski@mcw.edu

Office of Research
General Inquiries: research@mcw.edu

Center for Imaging Research (CIR)
General Inquiries:
Debra Keiler dkeiler@mcw.edu
(414) 955-4663
(414) 955-6562 (fax)