Current advice on IOFBs

Current practice regarding continuing a scan where an IOFB has been identified during MRI

BAMRR acknowledges that it may be current practice in some hospitals in the UK for continuation of MRI scan after IOFB has been identified. Where MRI units choose to continue with MRI once an IOFB had been identified, this will have been agreed locally. Each department should have their own policies and procedures  for staff to follow.

BAMRR advise that if you looking to setup or change your IOFB pathway, involvement from your MRI Safety Expert and MRI Lead is essential.

The MHRA does not offer specific advice on this at present (MHRA Guidelines: page 38)

UK IOFB Courses

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

  • Course title: Requesting & Interpreting IOFBS Prior to MRI Scans
  • This one day course aims to provide Radiographers with the knowledge to request and interpret IOFB radiographs prior to an MRI scan.The course features lectures from a variety of specialists across the radiology team.This course is ideal for both staff that already request IOFB radiographs as an update and those who do not request these currently but have an identified need for such a competency. 
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University of Edinburgh

  • Course title: IOFB Review
  • Online education for MR trained radiographers, designed to enable you to establish a programme & protocols for radiographer review of orbital radiographs for metallic intra-orbital foreign bodies (IOFBs); also to develop competency in metallic IOFB identification on orbital radiographs. The aim aim and learning outcomes are to enhance the MR radiographer role through education, such that patients undergo MR scanning safely, while MR work flows are streamlined.
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University of Bristol