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MRI – assessing the risks

Working with magnetic resonance imaging: occupational exposures, the EMF Regulations and effects on staff.

Summary:

New rules on controlling exposure to magnetic fields came into force across Europe on 1 July 2016. Crucially, the legislation includes a derogation that precludes its application to occupational exposure during the use of magnetic resonance imaging in healthcare, providing certain conditions are met. But will healthcare workers be adequately protected? Frank de Vocht and his colleagues consider the risks to healthcare workers working with MRI scanning technology and describe their latest research.

With an estimated 60 million scans performed worldwide annually1 magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is one of the most ...

 

Dr Frank de Vocht is senior lecturer in epidemiology and public health research at the School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol. Professor Stephen Keevil is professor of medical physics at the Department of Medical Physics, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, and the Department of Biomedical Engineering at King’s College London. Professor Hans Kromhout is professor of occupational hygiene and exposure assessment at the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences (IRAS), Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Dr Kristel Schaap was a PhD student at IRAS, Utrecht University. Dr Evridiki Batistatou is postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, University of Manchester. Professor Penny Gowland is professor at the School of Physics and Astronomy, the University of Nottingham. Dr Anna Molter is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. Dr Donald McRobbie is chief medical physicist at SA Medical Imaging, Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, Australia.

Author: De Vocht F, et al.

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Occupational Health at Work August/September 2016 (vol. 13/2) pp16-18

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