The Importance of MR Safety Expertise in Australian and New Zealand Medical Imaging
[Emphasising] The Importance of MR Safety Expertise in Australian and New Zealand Medical Imaging
A recent report in the Australian press has underscored the importance of experts in the physics and safety of MRI.
As the peak body for medical physicists and certified MR safety experts in Australia and New Zealand, ACPSEM advocates for the benefit of MRI technology while suitably addressing its risks.
The most common risks to patients and staff in the MR scan room arise from the large magnet (the static magnetic B01eld) required for the technology to operate and from exposure to radiofrequency during the MR scan itself. Injuries are possible when these risks are not monitored or controlled. Medical Physicists are specially equipped to understand the fundamentals of these risks and advise on their management.
It is essential that any department using MR Technology has a dedicated MR safety team. The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists recommends that this team should include a medical practitioner, a MR Safety OfB01cer and an appropriately credentialed MR Safety Expert (MRSE). 
The Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM) runs the only established Magnetic Resonance Safety Expert (MRSE) Course in Australia and New Zealand. The course is an advanced certification in the physics and safety of the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) environment. Certified MRSEs are qualified to consult on the safety of the MR environment, and to ensure that patients and healthcare staff are safe in it.
Graduates of the ACPSEM MRSE Certification are located across the Australian states and New Zealand. The second iteration of the Course is currently underway.
If you have questions about safe MRI practices or would like to learn more about our courses, please contact us.
 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR), MRI Safety Guidelines, Version 3, 2021.