Rad Review Episode 7: Code Blue MRI

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Rupal Jain
Rupal Jain
Resuscitationist interested in #MedEd and Emergency Radiology. Secret Superpower: x-ray vision, obvs. Other: Audiovisual learner enthusiastic about creating some audiovisual educational content

The Pre-brief

Ever Run a Code in MRI?

The above comic created by Dr. Jim Fulmer. For more great comics and insightful medical commentary from a seasoned hospitalist, follow @doctorwarsgame on Instagram.

The Debrief

  • Pearl #1: The Magnet is ALWAYS ON!
  • Pearl #2: Never attempt to run a code in Zone 4, or the magnet room. The patient will be moved to a predetermined magnetically-safe area, or Zone
  • Pearl #3: MRI Emergency Quench (turning off the magnet) is super rare and is only done in true emergency situations such as if a subject is pinned within or against the magnet or if there is a fire within the gantry that cannot be extinguished. 


  1. Kanal, E., Barkovich, A., Bell, C., Borgstede, J., Bradley, W., Froelich, J., Gimbel, J., Gosbee, J., Kuhni-Kaminski, E., Larson, P., Lester, J., Nyenhuis, J., Schaefer, D., Sebek, E., Weinreb, J., Wilkoff, B., Woods, T., Lucey, L. and Hernandez, D., 2020. ACR Guidance Document On MR Safe Practices: 2013.
  2. Pubs.rsna.org. 2020. MR Labeling Information For Implants And Devices: Explanation Of Terminology | Radiology. [online] Available at: <https://pubs.rsna.org/doi/10.1148/radiol.2531091030> [Accessed 12 October 2020].
  3. The Joint Commission, Sentinel Event Alert: Preventing accidents and injuries in the MRI suite. Issue 38, Feb 14, 2008. https://www.jointcommission.org/assets/1/18/SEA_38.PDF.


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