MELBOURNE, February 24th – 25th

Pullman Albert Park

AUCKLAND, February 28th – March 1st

Crowne Plaza Auckland




This MRMD/MRSO MR Safety Training Course will provide an in depth concentrated review of

  • static magnetic fields (translation, torque, Lenz) and RF thermal issues updated with Dr. Kanal’s more recent and more concise four-mechanism approach to RF-related thermal injuries,
  • induced e-field pathways and how and where they can extend beyond the RF-irradiated volume,
  • gradient safety issues and the relationship of dB/dt concerns specifically to implanted wires and abandoned leads,
  • the latest information regarding gadolinium based contrast agent safety and retained gadolinium, anthropogenic gadolinium, gadoliniumtoxicity.com, and “gadolinium deposition disease”.

There will also be extensive and detailed new sections dedicated to learning how to utilize the new MR safety app, MagnetvVisionTM,  to help three dimensionally understand and apply implant scanning safety considerations and clinical problem solving. These new MR safety apps can help standardize our approach to MR safety assessment of implant patients. Since a focus on these apps is an integral objective of this refresher/update course, the apps will be made available, at no additional cost, to all registrants of this course who wish to receive them.

About Emanuel Kanal

Emanuel Kanal, MD, FACR, FISMRM, MRMD, MRSE, AANG Director, Magnetic Resonance Services Chief, Division of Emergency Radiology Professor of Radiology and Neuroradiology Department of Radiology University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Dr. Kanal has been involved in researching and teaching the world about magnetic resonance (MR) safety issues for more than 30 years, since the introduction of MRI as a clinical diagnostic tool. Having chaired the first magnetic resonance safety committee ever created, he also chaired numerous other MR safety committees and has been continually involved in and/or leading MR safety initiatives ever since. These include, among others, having chaired the MR Safety Committee for the American College of Radiology from its inception in 2001 until the summer of 2012, being awarded fellowship in the American College of Radiology as well as the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, and being named a Special Government Employee to the Food and Drug Administration on MR safety issues for both the Division of Medical Imaging and Hematology Products/Drug Safety group (of the Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology) regarding magnetic resonance contrast agents as well as the FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health regarding all matters relating to magnetic resonance safety.

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Making the invisible…visible
Emanuel KANAL


The MagnetVision™ app is designed to be used as an MR safety teaching tool for those who have attended one of Dr. Emanuel Kanal’s MRMD/MRSO MR Safety Training Courses. The app represents a graphic embodiment of the Kanal Method, the procedures developed and utilized by Dr. Kanal in his clinical practice when he performs risk assessments on patients with implants/devices/foreign bodies (IDFB) who are requested to undergo MRI examinations.

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Using spatial field/energy data provided by the manufacturers of the modeled MR scanner hardware, the app functions as a 3D graphic simulator, using colors to visualize the distributions and relative spatial strengths of the invisible energies/magnetic fields present in MRI environments. Photorealistic avatars are customized in real time from user provided gender, height, and weight data to approximate the body habitus of the patient being modeled. 3D implants can be selected/created and labeled with FDA or user defined MR conditions of safety to reflect specific IDFB that may be on/in the patient being modeled. These implants can then be implanted in 3D into the app’s patient avatar in the same position/orientation in which the implant is found in that patient. The avatar is then brought into the MRI Room where an MR scanner/hardware components are selected to be modeled, matching the one to be used in real life in that site. The patient’s avatar is then positioned and centered in the MR scanner just as they would be for the requested MRI examination to be performed. The app then calculates and displays color tracks of the implant as the patient is advanced to the center of the scanner for imaging. If the fields/energies to which the implant will be exposed in the MR imaging process would approach or exceed published/defined maximum safety thresholds for that implant as the patient is advanced into the scanner, the trail and implant would turn yellow and then red, respectively. If the exposure levels to each of these energies/fields is well below published/defined safety thresholds, the implant and trail would be displayed as green. At the touch of a button the app also produces a detailed, time/date stamped color coded report containing text, graphs, and 3D graphics, documenting the relative field exposure risks of performing the anticipated MR study in the MR scanner being modeled, providing precise feedback and even quantification of exposure levels to the various energies/fields used in the MR imaging process. Thus, without requiring advanced MR safety expertise on the part of the user, a simple green, yellow, red display for each energy used in the MR environment helps the user instantly identify and even quantify relative risks of proceeding with a requested MR imaging study on a given patient, implant, MR scanner hardware, and MRI examination being modeled. The primary expertise required of the user is to know their patient (gender, height, weight), their implant and its labeling, the MR scanner hardware to be used, and the positioning to be used on that patient’s requested MR study. These are part of the normal expertise of the MR technologist/radiographer, the prime target user of this app. The detailed report generated by the app can then be electronically or hard-copy transmitted to the physician overseeing the MR imaging examination, who can then assess the relative potential risks of such MR exposure while weighing them against the potential benefits of proceeding with the requested MR imaging examination. The MagnetVision™ app is a ground-breaking superb teaching tool to assess risks associated with MR imaging of IDFB. Users of the app will have taken their first steps towards changing the MR imaging industry by (for most users, perhaps for the very first time) formalizing and standardizing how MR safety risks are assessed, evaluated, and even quantified for patients with implants, devices, and foreign bodies who have been asked to undergo MR imaging examinations.


The ABMRS is honored to have been asked to return to Australia, and come to New Zealand for the first time, to provide examination and board certification for MR Safety Officer (MRSO), MR Medical Director (MRMD), and MR Safety Expert (MRSE). Examinations are scheduled for February 26th, in Melbourne, Australia, and March 2nd, in Auckland, New Zealand.

The 2018 exam in Sydney was the first international format ABMRS exam and was lauded by those who attempted it as hard but fair and a significant achievement to attain. If you are thinking of sitting the exam, please talk to this years examinees as i’m sure they can help you make up your mind, and more importantly, give you some study advice. It is a considerable thing to not only talk the talk, but have proof via a standardised exam.

RANZCR guidelines recommend this 3 tiered structure for ANZ MR sites This is the only exam of its type in the world, set by an international not-for-profit board of experts in the field. It has been offered since 2014 with close to 2000 people sitting.
The US exam administrator, MRTCA will oversee all aspects of the exam.

The Exam will be held in
Pullman Melbourne Albert Park
65 Queens Road Melbourne Victoria 3004 Australia

Enter the following code to receive the ABMRS exam 50% Philips scholarship “Philips Scholarship”.

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Note, please read: The exam registration will begin at 7:00 am and continue until 8:15 am local time. All examinees must be checked in, have all their personal items stored an be in the examination room by 8:15 am local time. From 8:15 am to 8:30 am local time the ABMRS proctors will give instructions and answer questions about taking the exam. The exam will begin promptly at 8:30 am local time and finish no later than 11:30 am local time.
We will have on-site storage if needed for your valuables.

FRESH off the PRESS;
MRI Safety Certification Earns ASMIRT Level 2 MRI Points
10 Level 2 MRI Accreditation points awarded to successful examinees.

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Preliminary Program

Venue Information

Pullman Melbourne Albert Park

65 Queens Road Melbourne Victoria 3004 Australia

Located near St Kilda and the Chapel Street Precincts, the Pullman Melbourne Albert Park is an upscale hotel overlooking picturesque Albert Park Lake, home

We have secured some great rates, to take advantage please contact the reservation team to make bookings via email [email protected] or call +61 3 85542528 and quote “EMANUEL KANAL MRI SAFETY COURSE” to avail below discounted rates.

Mercure Accommodation – $180.00 per night including full buffet breakfast for one guest and complimentary wifi
Pullman Accommodation – $250.00 per night including full buffet breakfast for one guest and complimentary wifi

Crowne Plaza Auckland

128 Albert Street, Auckland New Zealand

Located in downtown Auckland within a stones throw of Sky Tower, the Crowne Plaza Auckland is positioned perfectly for you to enjoy all the city has to offer.

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Pricing & Registration

Please use the links below, to register for either the Melbourne or Auckland MRI Safety Course 2019.

all pricing includes GST, where applicable.

24th – 25th February 2019, Melbourne

28th February to 1st March 2019, Auckland

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