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Tom Schrack, ARMRIT, CS
Manager of MR Education & Technical Development
Fairfax Radiological Consultants, Fairfax VA
Co-Founder, Program Director, Tesla Institute of MRI Technology


July 13, 2022
July 31, 2024


Continuing Education for MRI Technologists, Radiologic Technologists, and other Medical Imaging Professionals.

     6021-106 The Role of the MR Safety Officer and Other Scary Stories, Part II

This online activity was recorded at the ARMRIT 2021: Semi-Annual Meeting, Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Oct. 23 & 24

Format: On-line Seminar Lectures Certificates of Credit accepted by American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists (ARMRIT) and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)
RT Credit: 1.00 ARRT Category A
Tuition: $20.00

IMPORTANT NOTE:This activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. A self-learning activity can be completed only once per biennium. If you attended the live ARMRIT 2021 WEST, Semi-Annual Meeting and received credit, you cannot receive credit for these recorded sessions.

Educational Objectives

  • To review the current status of medical malpractice suits in medical imaging

  • To review the status of MRI injuries

  • Briefly review magnetic field forces, radio frequency heating, and gradient switching 

  • Introduce the role of the “Magnetic Resonance Safety Officer”

  • Introduce a process for investigating and documenting implants and other potential patient hazards

  • Demonstrate examples of how the process of can not only prevent injuries but provide better healthcare


  1. Introduction

  2. Scary stories Part 1: Current trends malpractice in medical imaging

    1. Who gets sued? Who wins? Who is liable?

    2. MRI specific trends

  3. Scary stories Part 2: MRI-related injuries 

    1. Most prevalent

    2. Most serious

  4. Brief Review of the Forces of Good and Evil

    1. Translational effects

    2. Torque

    3. Radio Frequency heating

    4. Gradient switching

  5. The Magnetic Resonance Safety Officer

    1. Proposed job description

      1. Advise and Execute

    2. Who asked you? The importance of Administration support

    3. Other players: 

      1. Magnetic Resonance Medical Director

      2. Magnetic Resonance Safety Expert

    4. Certification: Required? Needed? Helpful?

  6. Proposed methodology

    1. “Conditional” doesn’t mean “Safe”

    2. Know your system

    3. What information is needed? How to get it.

  7. Scary stories Part 3: Examples

  8. Conclusions

Continuing Education Credit
This program has been approved by the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) for 1.00 hour ARRT Category A continuing education credit.

Certificates of Credit are accepted by the American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists (ARMRIT) and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

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About the American Registry of
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists

Because MRI is a Specialty

The mission of the American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists (ARMRIT) is to recognize individuals qualified as specialists and to promote high standards of patient care and safety in the diagnostic medical imaging modality of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technology including: interventional MRI, cardiovascular MRI, functional MRI, and MRI breast imaging.

ARMRIT is the first certifying organization to:
1.    Recognize MRI technology as a distinct medical imaging specialty utilizing non-ionizing radiation.
2.    Require MRI clinical experience and competency for eligibility.
3.    Promote formal MRI education with MRI clinical training.
4.    Recognize MRI schools that offer full-time educational program leading to a career in MRI.

Certification through the Registry is open to qualified technologists in all imaging fields who have documented MR clinical experience and/or formal education completed through schools dedicated to MRI technologists.

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