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Safety Decision-Making in the Magnetic Resonance Environment – Getting from “No” or “I Don’t Know” to “Yes”

Medical Imaging Grand Rounds
Presenter Details
Justin M. Honce, MD, MRMD, MSC
Justin M. Honce, MD, MRMD, MSC
Associate Professor
Department of Radiology, School of Medicine, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO

Justin M. Honce, MD, MRMD, MSC, is an associate professor and practicing neuroradiologist at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Since 2015, he has been the Magnetic Resonance (MR) medical director for the Department of Radiology at the University of Colorado Health Anschutz Medical Campus and its satellite imaging centers. Dr. Honce works with his team of more than ten MR Safety Officers and two MR Safety Experts to safely and efficiently image patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Honce is Canadian and spends most of his free time in the mountains skiing, hiking, camping and biking. With the birth of his baby daughter last December, Dr. Honce has little free time.

Additional Information

As Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) becomes more utilized in the diagnosis of disease, and more various devices are implanted in patiets, radiologists are constantly tasked with determining whether a patient with a implanted device or other foreign body is safe to undergo MRI. Radiologists and technologists are often unsure of safety risks associated with a particular device in relation to an MRI procedure. They may be unfamiliar with techniques and strategies to make risk assessment faster and more efficient.

A well-managed Magnetic Resonance (MR) safety program is integral to any MR imaging facility. The currently recommended MR safety, infrastructure and crucial roles of the Magnetic Resonance medical director, Magnetic Resonance safety officer and Magnetic Resonance safety expert and how they work together to ensure patient safety will be discussed. There will be a discussion on the major electromagnetic forces existing in the MR environment, how each of these electromagnetic forces has their own set of safety considerations and apply this knowledge to decision-making on real-world example cases.

Learning Objectives
  • Describe recommended Magnetic Resonance (MR) safety related roles and responsibilities of the MR medical director (MRMD), MR safety officer (MRSO) and MR safety expert (MRSE)
  • Describe the major electromagnetic forces and the safety considerations existing in the MR environment
  • Apply their knowledge on basic electromagnetic safety considerations to real-world scenarios 
CME Credit/Disclaimer

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson designates this live activity for a maximum of  1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)ä.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Statement(s):

All Faculty, CME Planning Committee Members, and the CME Office Reviewers have disclosed that they have no financial relationships with commercial interests that would constitute a conflict of interest concerning this CME activity.


12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 12:00pm




Rosemarie Villafane
College of Medicine – Tucson
Department of Medical Imaging
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