Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

MEDIMAGE 721 - MRI Safety

15 Points

Semester 1, 2019


This course extends students’ understanding of the underlying physical principles related to a range of MRI safety issues. The course will provide students with the opportunity to explore these safety issues in greater depth and to apply this knowledge in critically evaluating current policies and practices. New and emerging safety topics will also be examined.

Objectives and learning outcomes

This course aims to extend students’ theoretical knowledge underpinning MRI safety issues. Students will further develop their ability to contribute confidently to the clinical decision-making process when encountering safety issues in the MRI environment. 

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Discuss emerging safety issues and assess their potential impact on current clinical practice.
  2. Discuss the roles and responsibilities of various staff in relation to maintaining a safe MRI environment.
  3. Apply a clinical decision-making framework to a range of clinical MRI safety scenarios. 
  4. Critically evaluate MRI safety practices, justifying or suggesting modifications to these practices based on current literature. 


Programme and course advice

Students within the PGDipHSc(MRI) are encouraged to select this course as their elective option. For these students, MEDIMAGE 714 is a prerequisite course.

For all other students, departmental approval is required and a concession request must be submitted when applying to enrol in this course.

This course is recommended as suitable to be undertaken as a one-off course (Certificate of Proficiency) for registered Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technologists for their Continuing Professional Development (CPD). 

Course delivery and workload

The course is delivered fully online by distance via the University of Auckland’s learning management system ‘Canvas’. It will incorporate a range of learning approaches including videos, webpages, links to library, and utilising online technologies to promote shared learning opportunities.

The total expected workload for this course is approximately 150 hours. This may be broken down as follows:

  • Set readings relevant to MRI safety (30 hours) 
  • Other resources provided on Canvas e.g. videos, websites (10 hours) 
  • Online interactive group tasks (20 hours) 
  • Assignments and self-directed learning (90 hours)


There is not a required textbook for this course although access to the following textbook is highly recommended:

MRI bioeffects, safety, and patient management, Frank Shellock and John Crues (editors), Los Angeles, California: Biomedical Research Publishing Group. 2014
Available at PHILSON LIBRARY Main Collection (WN185 S54 2014 )

A large selection of readings and other resources will be able to be accessed online via the course website and the Philson Library databases.


An aggregated mark of 50% or more is required to successfully pass this course. Resubmission of failed assessments is not permitted.

The following is indicative of the type of assessments to be completed for this course:

  • Poster or Video Presentation 50%
  • Clinical Decision-Making Online Discussions 50%

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