Lifespan School of Medical Imaging

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Safety

Students will be educated on magnetic resonance (MR) safety prior to the beginning of their clinical rotations. As a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) program student, you are required to follow MRI safety policies and procedures. It is the student's responsibility to inform the program faculty of any changes that would affect their safety around MRI.

Biological Risks

There are no known biological risks associated with magnetic field or radiofrequency exposure to individuals who work in close proximity to MRI systems.

Projectile Effect

MRI machines generate a very strong magnetic field within and surrounding the MRI scanner. The static magnetic field of the MRI machine is never turned off, requiring the areas close to the scanner be secured at all times. Ferromagnetic objects (e.g. paper clips and hairpins) carried into the scanner room can become projectiles that may cause serious injury, death or equipment failure. All individuals must be screened prior to entering the MR environment.

Lifespan School of Medical Imaging students and MRI applicants are required to fill out a screening form.

This policy is based on the American College of Radiology (ACR) Guidance Document on MR Safe Practices: 2013

Learn more about MRI safety and view the ACR guidance document on MR safe practices (