BIR Magnetic Resonance

The Magnetic Resonance Special Interest Group (SIG) advises the BIR on all matters relating to magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy.

The SIG also provides comment and advice regarding regulatory and research developments relating to MRI.

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We regret that due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation all educational events organised by our SIGs that were due to take place between 16 March and 10 September 2020 will be postponed until autumn 2020. Revised dates will be made available shortly. Check the Education and events page for further updates.


MR Safety week July 2019 

Download our Safety Advice sheets  which were produced for this awareness-raising week.

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Latest SIG News  -  January 2020

The first meeting of 2020 took placed on 29 January and main items to note are:

Events proposed:

  • MRI Study day – tentative date 9 October 2020
  • BIR MRI Course – possibly with a focus on liver or GI/liver for 2020
  • Imaging in suspected physical abuse – run again in 2020 or 2021

MR Safety

  • MR Safety Week (July) - the SIG intend to publish daily case studies, possibly with an interactive element, during this week.
  • MR Safety Training Working Party – the first module for the MR Safety Course with eLfH has been produced.
  • Control of Electromagnetic Fields at Work Regulations (Professional Body Guidance) – a draft guidance document has been produced and will be submitted to BJR|Open for publication, subject to peer review.
  • Generic advice and policies for categories of implant– this is in progress.  Geoff Charles-Edwards and Alex Lipton are both on the IPEM working party putting together this guidance on MRI patients with pacemakers.

Other News

  • The Sharing Platform launched towards the end of 2019 and was proving to be very popular with members. Over 220 resources are now available, including guidance documents, case studies, job descriptions and posters.
  • The first video course on radiation safety will launch soon – watch out for this new and innovative learning resource.
  • Work has also started on the MR Essentials course which will be completed later in 2020
  • It’s awards season – the BIR offer a range of prizes. For more details and information on how to apply click here





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