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Nearly 40 million magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans are performed each year in the United States. MRI has become a relatively safe non-invasive diagnostic tool. To maintain a safe magnetic resonance (MR) environment, specific policies and safety procedures are required. The four zones of an MR site allow MR personnel to closely monitor and restrict the area. Screening patients with a questionnaire asking about implants, allergies to contrast agents, and other relevant medical information is important to safely perform an MRI scan. Providers may need to consider anesthesia for patients with claustrophobia who are unable to remain motionless. Radiologists and MR personnel need to be aware of some of the risks associated with MR and contrast agents. Safety training and knowledge of the emergency procedures in the MR environment are necessary to safely perform MR examinations.


mr risks, mr safety, safety training, screening, zoning



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