Magnetic resonance imaging equipment in clinical use: safety guidelines

Relevant safety information for users of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) equipment in clinical use.


Safety guidelines for magnetic resonance imaging equipment in clinical use

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This guidance is intended to:

  • highlight things that should be considered before this equipment is bought and after it is installed
  • be an introduction for those who are not familiar with this type of equipment and act as a reminder for those who are
  • act as a reminder of the legislation and published guidance about this equipment
  • highlight current risks and hazards

An elearning programme based on this guidance is available at Health Education England elearning for healthcare site.

Published 7 November 2014
Last updated 4 April 2022 + show all updates
  1. elearning link added -

  2. Updated medical device regulatory information around the UKCA mark. Defined the 'MR Unlabelled' term. These changes follow the end of the transition period.

  3. Guidance page was last updated March 2015. The updated guidelines include: section 4.11.4, advice on scanning patients with contraindicated implants, added reference to EFOMP and update links to, section 4.10.4 updated to be consistent with section 2.6.3 and updated Appendix 4 to reflect change to Yellow Card reporting.

  4. First published.