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Training & Education Step 3

The purpose of this course is to teach you the how to safely operate the MRI scanner. This is not only for your protection but for the protection of the research subjects, co-workers and emergency workers.

It is important to renew your safety certificate periodically. You will be notified when it comes time to obtain re-certification.

1. Sign up on CTI Listserv    (NEW REQUIREMENT!)

2. Read and understand the following documents

New! American College of Radiology White Paper on MR Safety Siemens Medical Systems/ Northwestern University MRI Safety Guidelines Northwestern Memorial Hospital MRI Safety Manual Projectile Cylinder Accidents Resulting from the Presence of Ferromagnetic Nitrous Oxide or Oxygen Tanks in the MR Suite Download all documents ~4 MB .zip file


3. Review information on is an a excellent and free resource for MRI safety questions and up-to-date information

4. View the Imaging Facility Pre-MRI Screening form.

You are encouraged to use this document to screen all of your subjects and patients prior to any MRI exams. This form has been compiled by several institutions and represents vast experience.

5. Attend the MRI field trip

Attend the MRI field trip. The two hour session includes a review of essential safety items as well as a tour of our facility.
Trips are offered twice monthly: (Note: date and time are subject to change, please confirm with either Jennie or Donny before training, reminder emails are sent out on the CTI listserv)
First Friday of each month at 3:00 pm. To sign up email Neuro CTI.
Second/Third Wednesday of each month at 8:00 am. To sign up email CV CTI.
All trips will take place at CTI in the Olson Pavilion and will begin in the volunteer waiting room.

6. Complete the online exam
You are strongly encouraged to attend the MRI field trip before taking the online exam. You are required to get a score of 100% on the exam. If you do not, you must retake the exam.

The information required to pass the safety certification exam is primarily contained in the several documents provided through this Web page. Additionally, the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging has dedicated an entire issue (July 2000) to safety topics. You are encouraged to consult this journal for additional in-depth information.

7. Activate keycard

Wildcards must have 5 digit indala number on the back of ID, also known as secure wildcard. Evanston IDs can be exchanged for secure IDs at the Chicago Wildcard office. Contractor’s cards should be requested by your NU affiliated PI. If your PI is not affliated with NU, please contact us.

If you have further questions, contact us.