IRS has a team of highly experienced MRPAs, who can help you to fulfil all the safety advice published in the MHRA report ‘Safety Guidelines for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Equipment in Clinical Use’, MHRA DB2007(03). This document collates guidelines published by National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB), its successor the Health Protection Agency (HPA), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP).
All IRS MRPAs have undertaken extensive training in the safe use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging systems.This ensures IRS staff operate to the highest standards when conducting Quality Assurance checks, as described in IPEM Report 80 ‘Quality Control in Magnetic Resonance Imaging’.
IRS MRPAs are available for consultation by telephone, fax, video conference, email or pre-arranged visit at any timeduring normal working hours (Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm). After hours service can also be provided, if required.
IRS, as your MRPA, should be consulted on the following matters:
- Provision of advice regarding the methods of complying with the requirements of any relevant statutory provisions and codes of practice, together with any other aspects of safety considered necessary by the hospital,
- Advice on the technical specifications for MRI and associated equipment for the purposes of purchase, planning and installation of new magnetic resonance equipment,
- Comments and advice on drawings and plans for new MR installations and replacement facilities,
- Commissioning tests on new equipment to establish baseline performance standards and to provide guidance on optimum use,
- Performance testing of MRI equipment and routine quality assurance for MRI systems,
- Measurement in relation to the distribution of static magnetic field limits,
- Setting up QA tests and advising staff in the performance and interpretation of the tests,
- Assessment of levels of static field exposure in the working environment in order to check that these are within national guidelines,
- Scientific support for the implementation & optimisation of imaging techniques with analysis of image data, where required,
- Advice on all aspects of public, patient, and staff safety support for clinical and research and development work,
- Advice and guidance on the safe operation of MR units and collaboration with local staff in the preparation and regular review of local rules,
- The interpretation and advice regarding the significance of exposures,
- Production and review of risk assessments local rules for MR safety,
- Any relevant matters raised by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).