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Master of Science in Magnetic Resonance Imaging Safety Information

Students who are interested in a career in magnetic resonance imaging should be aware of hazards in high magnetic field environments. Students accepted into the program must complete an MRI safety screening form disclosing relevant medical history. This form is reviewed by the program director for identification of any contraindications to a high magnetic field environment. Any questions from applicants regarding their personal medical history and MR safety should be directed to the program director.

The magnetic field can attract certain metallic objects toward the center of the MRI scanner. This can cause a risk to anyone in the path of the object. Therefore, it is vital that all metallic objects be removed prior to entering the MR scan room.

Items that must be removed can include: 

  • Wallet, purse, money clip, credit cards, or other cards with magnetic strips
  • Any electronic devices (phone, beeper, mp3 player, etc.)
  • Hearing aids
  • Paper clips, pens, keys, coins, pocket knives, etc.
  • Hairpins and barrettes
  • Any article of clothing with metallic fasteners
  • Belt buckles, safety pins, etc.

Foreign materials in the human body have the potential to create health risks or even death. There is a potential risk for foreign metals to be dislodged, potentially causing injury. Surgically implanted devices should be deemed safe by the Program Director prior to students entering the clinical environment.

Examples of items that may create a hazard in the MRI department include: 

  • Pacemakers
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillator
  • Neurostimulator
  • Aneurysm clip
  • Implanted drug infusion device
  • Foreign metal objects
  • Bullets or shrapnel
  • Permanent cosmetics or tattoos
  • Implants that involve magnets
  • Medication patches containing metal foil
  • Dentures/teeth with magnetic components