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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Quality mpMRI images – a new tool from Prostate Cancer UK and the Society of Radiographers.
Prostate Cancer UK and the Society of Radiographers have produced a new set of protocols to support radiographers create high quality mpMRI images to diagnose prostate cancer. NICE guidelines now recommend multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging ( mpMRI) be conducted before biopsy, allowing around a quarter of men with the suspicion of prostate cancer to avoid this invasive procedure.
The protocols employ the imaging techniques used in the PROMIS trial, giving scans adhering to the best practice it developed. The multiparametric package includes small field of view T2 images, diffusion weighted imaging and dynamic contrast enhanced T1 images of the prostate. This combination is specified by the recent UK clinical consensus published in BJU International, and its wide adoption means that wherever in the UK a man has a mpMRI prostate scan there will be similarities in the technique and the reporting.
You can download the mpMRI imaging guidance here or visit the prostate cancer UK website
To promote best practice and excellence in MRI Safety, we have published a series of short advice sheets that briefly describe commonly encountered MR Conditions, why they are important and where to find some further information.
Latest SIG News - June 2018
The SIG welcomed two new members – Dr Matthew Clemence, Senior Clinical Scientist at Philips Healthcare, and Dr Mark Radon, Consultant Neuroradiologist at the Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust.
The group were updated on the programme for the Annual Congress 2018, taking place on 1-2 November 2018 at the Etc venues near St Paul’s. This promises to be an excellent event and will cover three streams each day:
- Day 1: MSK and Trauma Imaging; Oncology; Radiation Protection
- Day 2: Gastronintestinal, urological and trauma imaging; Artificial Intelligence; advanced
clinical practice and leadership management.
There was also a discussion about an exciting new Leadership Event that the BIR are planning to launch in 2019. Ideas for topics and speakers for the event were welcomed from SIG members.
- Whole Body MRI in myeloma – 17 January 2019. The course is being organised by Margaret Hall-Cragg
- Non Accidental Injury – 6 February 2019.
- FRCR Revision – looking to work with other SIGs and the North Branch to produce a course possibly in February 2019.
- MR Physics – beyond the basics – later in 2019
- 2 day clinical MRI courses – alternately covering Neuro and MSK – later in 2019
In other news:
- MR Safety Working Party – the WP are putting together a course on MR safety. They are still finalising the required funding from the representative organisations, including the BIR.
Podcasts of interest:
Guidance and Updates