BIR Magnetic Resonance

The Magnetic Resonance Special Interest Group (SIG) advises the BIR on all matters relating to magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy.

The SIG also provides comment and advice regarding regulatory and research developments relating to MRI.

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Read more about management group members 


MRI mypacemaker Campaign 2022

Like everyone, many people with cardiac devices (pacemakers, defibrillators or implantable cardiac monitors) may benefit from an MRI scan at some point. Technology has changed in the last decade so MRI is technically possible when it is needed, yet patients still face difficulty with access to MRI. This leads to delays in the diagnosis and treatment of many conditions that rely on MRI such as cancer, stroke and brain surgery. The "MRI my Pacemaker" campaign was set up to ensure that patients with cardiac devices have the same access to MRI as everyone else.

Download useful resources here:

MRI and my pacemaker (downloadable version)

MRI and my pacemaker (photocopy version)

MRI and my pacemaker (printable version)


MR Safety Week 2021

This year we are raising awareness by focusing on highlighting aspects of the terminology behind MR safety. This includes revisiting the terms, and the recent change of the addition of a new “MR unlabelled” term.

Safety Advice sheets from 2018, 2019 and 2020 are all available for you to download.


Latest SIG News  -  August 2021

Events coming up

Recent events held

  • Essential Physics revision for FRCR (May 2021)
  • Quantitative Liver MRI Study Day held(24 June 2021)
  • Hybrid two-day course for multi-parametric mpMRI prostate and prostatic artery embolisation for benign prostatic hyperplasia(26 May 2021)

If you missed these, do go to the Online Learning Library where these are available to purchase.

MR Safety matters

  • MR Safety Week – July 2021 – as in previous years, the SIG published material to highlight this week. Check these out here.
  • MR Safety Training– the material has been agreed with e-Learning for Health and is being developed by the lead authors. We hope to launch this soon.
  • New Guidance for MR Scanning for patients with cardiac devices– will soon be circulated for comment.
  • The MRSO/MRMD course and ABMRS exam has been postponed until May 2022.

Other BIR activities and resources

  • BIR Annual Congress 2021 – this will now take place online 4 and 5 November 2021
  • Call-out for BIR conference review editors – the BIR are looking for volunteers to review abstract submissions for BIR events.
  • If you haven’t already, do take advantage of the BIR’s excellent video courses. Essentials in PET/CT, CT and MR are in the pipeline for later this year and into 2022.
  • You can now watch events that you may have missed with pay-to-view in the Online Learning Library. BIR Members enjoy special rates.
  • BJR Impact Factor – this has increased by an astonishing 38% from 2.196 to3.039. 


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