MRI Safety Day A Success Thanks To Children’s Charity Funding

by Cat Timoney

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

MORE than 250 delegates from across Europe have visited Edinburgh to attend the biggest MRI safety event in the UK, made possible by a local children’s charity.

The MRI Safety Day, funded by a £1000 grant from Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity (ECHC), featured talks by leading industry technicians, including Dr Frank Shellock, a world leading expert in the field.

Practitioners from America, Italy, Spain and Norway attended the conference at the Royal College of Physicians“ the first of its kind to focus specifically on MRI safety“ to discuss the promotion of safety culture and best practice.

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a technique that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues in the human body.

Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity supports and complements the work of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. It awards grants to provide valuable support to the hospital such as donations of equipment, training and research.

MRI and CT Superintendent Radiographer Barbara Nugent, who organised the day, said: “The day totally exceeded our expectations. We had some fantastic feedback from people who said they came away with safety messages that they would be putting into practice in future.

“The main aim was about educating people on promoting the highest possible standards in this field. For me, a big thing is to have everyone working at a standardised national MRI safety level, so it was great to have the opportunity to talk about this on the day.

“The delegates were also able to network with one another and discuss and share information on any aspects of MRI safety, which was a key aim of the event.”

Barbara added: “We’re so thankful to have received the generous grant from ECHC, as without it this event wouldn’t have been possible.

“MRI is a particularly detailed piece of equipment and can often play a key role in detecting abnormalities in young patients.

“It’s therefore essential that everyone who uses it is fully trained on how to do so, and fantastic to have the support of an organisation that is as committed to promoting best practice as we are”.

Roslyn Neely, CEO of ECHC, said: “Events like these are so important to further education on technical safety practiced in the hospital, which is why we were so keen to support it.

“As a result of the grants provided by us, children and young people’s lives are less interrupted by illness; they are less scared of hospital and have a positive experience. This is just one of the ways in which we achieve this”.

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