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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October 2018

Quality mpMRI images – a new tool from Prostate Cancer UK and the Society of Radiographers.

Prostate Cancer UK logoProstate 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

MR SAFETY WEEK 23-29 July 2018

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.  

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Latest SIG News  - October 2018

Events/Courses planned:

  • Essential Physics Revision for FRCR –31 January 2019
  • Imaging in suspected physical abuse – 6 February 2019.
  • BIR MRI Course: Neuroimaging – 15 March 2019
  • MR Physics – beyond the basics – possibly later in 2019

 Other news:

  • The BIR’s World Partner Network is going well and now has 17 members. Click here to find out more about this initiative.
  • BJR|Open – Article processing charges will be introduced in January and will cost £480 for members / £600 for non-members.
  • BJR|case reports has been accepted into Pubmed Central. All articles have been indexed retrospectively.
  • 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




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