New annual mandatory on Magnetic Resonance Imaging Safety

June 29, 2015  //  FOUND IN: Announcements, Updates & Resources,

A new annual institutional mandatory for selected faculty and staff will open next month.  Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Safety training is required of all UMHHC faculty and staff who may enter University of Michigan Health System MRI facilities. The MRI Safety training is required to meet The Joint Commission new Imaging Standards effective July 1, 2015.

Everyone who enters the MRI area must understand the potential risks and harms of entering the MRI environment, and how to mitigate them. The Joint Commission requirement restricts access from the MRI scanner room and the area that immediately precedes the entrance to the MRI scanner room of anyone who has not been trained in MRI safety or screened by staff trained in MRI safety.

The mandatory will begin July 6, 2015.

What does this mean for you?

1. On July 6, 2015 UMHHC selected faculty and staff will be assigned the mandatory, MRI Safety module, on their MLearning learning plan. Many faculty and staff across all disciplines may need to enter the MRI area including faculty, house officers, nurses, housekeepers, transporters, contractors and ER personnel. It is not possible to know every individual in the UMHHC who may or may not need to enter the MRI area. Therefore, MLearning and Radiology have developed an “Opt Out” process.  Any UMHHC faculty or staff person who is assigned the MRI Safety mandatory can choose to “Opt Out” by launching the module and choosing the appropriate option for his/her role

2. The module will also screen for staff who need access to the MRI area, but who have a medical contraindication to entering the area.

3. Employees will complete the assigned MRI Safety education activity by opting out, documenting a medical contraindication or completing the module and quiz for access to the MRI area.

For questions, please contact Deb Burch at regarding the requirement or content of the information. Contact MLearning at or 734-615-5146 for any technology issues.

Thank you for your support and compliance with this educational requirement.

Maria A. Ceo, Chief Department Administrator, Radiology and Interim Associate Hospital Director

Ella Kazerooni, M.D., Associate Chair for Clinical Services, Radiology