- 30 December 2012
For students who are taking MRI training, it is very important to also take a comprehensive radiation safety course. As future healthcare workers, it is their responsibility to secure the administered medical procedure -- for their own sake and that of the patient.
Since MRI involves radiation, it is important to understand the dangers that accompany this medical procedure. Securing the level of radiation that a technician subjects the patient and himself to is a vital safety measure, since excessive exposure can lead to health issues including cataracts, hair loss, birth defects, and even the development of certain types of cancer. As a rule, a good operator must always know how to produce good images without using excess radiation.
With that being said, being adept in radiation safety practices begins by studying and understanding — starting in the four corners of the classroom. It is equally critical for instructors to inculcate in the minds of the students that there is no room for complacency in the field of medical imaging. Safety measures such as implementing precautions and using personal protective equipment such as lead aprons and shields should be taken seriously to avoid accidents and eliminate the possibility of mishaps.