Frank G. Shellock, Ph.D., FACR

Frank G. Shellock, PhD, FACR is a physiologist with more than 25 years of experience conducting laboratory and clinical investigations in the field of magnetic resonance imaging. He is an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Radiology and Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Adjunct Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy, Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, School of Dentistry, University of Southern California and the Director of MRI Studies at the Biomimetic Microelectronic Systems, National Science Foundation (NSF) – Engineering Research Center, University of Southern California, and the Founder of the Institute for Magnetic Resonance Safety, Education, and Research. As a commitment to the field of MRI safety, bioeffects, and patient management, he created and maintains the internationally popular web site, www.MRIsafety.com.

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Adjunct Clinical Professor of Radiology and Medicine Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
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Director for MRI Studies of Biomimetic MicroElectronic Systems, National Science Foundation, Engineering Research Center University of Southern California

MRI Safety with Dr. Shellock

Understanding MRI Safety for Non-clinical Staff

In this 17-minute program, Dr Shellock, presents essential MRI safety information especially intended for non-clinical staff who may occasionally be around the MRI environment. This includes housekeeping, transport, fire, safety/security, and maintenance personnel. This program is recommended for annual training and review.


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Introduction to MRI Safety

In this 30-minute program, Frank Shellock, PhD, FACR, presents MRI safety information to ensure the safety of the facility staff and patients. The program reviews the consequences of improper safety precautions and how to best restrict certain items from the MRI environment.


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Basic MRI Safety Training Program To Prevent Accidents and Injuries

The Basic MRI Safety Training Program provides basic information regarding MRI technology, describes common hazards and unique dangers associated with the MRI environment, and presents guidelines and recommendations to prevent accidents and injuries. This training program is appropriate for medical and other personnel who may occasionally or periodically encounter MRI facilities as part of their employment and emphasizes the potential hazards of the MRI environment and the necessary safety precautions that particularly impact such groups.


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Advanced MRI Safety Training for MRI Healthcare Professionals: CE Version

This 90-minute program reviews critical data regarding safety in the magnetic resonance environment. With current information, MRI healthcare professionals are better able to ensure patient and staff safety and optimize MRI suite guidelines. Frank Shellock, PhD, FACR, outlines recommendations from peer-reviewed literature and documents developed by the Food and Drug Administration, the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, the American College of Radiology, and the Institute for Magnetic Resonance, Safety, Education and Research, and other organizations.


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Advanced MRI Safety Training for MRI Healthcare Professionals: CME Version

This 90-minute program reviews critical data regarding safety in the magnetic resonance environment. With current information, MRI healthcare professionals are better able to ensure patient and staff safety and optimize MRI suite guidelines. Frank Shellock, PhD, FACR, outlines recommendations from peer-reviewed literature and documents developed by the Food and Drug Administration, the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, the American College of Radiology, and the Institute for Magnetic Resonance, Safety, Education and Research, and other organizations.


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Dr. Shellock has authored or co-authored more than 210 publications in the peer-reviewed literature. He co-authored the MRI safety section of the Cardiovascular MR Self-Assessment Program (CMR-SAP) for the American College of Cardiology and three of his medical textbooks are considered best sellers – (1) Reference Manual for Magnetic Resonance Safety, Implants and Devices; (2) Magnetic Resonance Procedures: Health Effects and Safety; and (3) Kinematic MRI of the Joints: Functional Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Clinical Applications.
Dr. Shellock is a member of the Sub-Committee on MRI safety issues for the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International. Additionally, he serves in advisory roles to government, industry, and other policy-making organizations. Dr. Shellock is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and a Reviewing Editor for several medical and scientific journals including Radiology, Investigative Radiology, Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, the American Journal of Roentgenology, the Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Memberships in professional societies include the American College of Radiology, the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM), the Radiological Society of North America, the Hawaii Radiological Society, the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society, and the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. He is also a Fellow and member of the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Sportsmedicine.
In 2004, the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine recognized the significant contributions Dr. Shellock has made to the scientific and educational mission of the ISMRM by designating him a Fellow of the Society. The American College of Radiology awarded him a Distinguished Committee Service Award for years of dedicated service to the Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards Committee ? Body MRI.

Dr. Shellock is a recipient of a National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and has received numerous grants from governmental agencies and private organizations. He is currently participating in research to define safety for cardiac pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators, neurostimulation systems, implantable infusion pumps, and other electronic devices.

Dr. Shellock has lectured both nationally and internationally and has provided plenary lectures to numerous organizations including the Radiological Society of North America, the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, the American College of Radiology, the American Roentgen Ray Society, the American Society of Neuroradiology, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Oklahoma Heart Institute, the Head and Neck Radiology Society, the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (FDA), the Magnetic Resonance Managers Society, the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, the American Society of Neuroimaging, the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, the Heart Rhythm Society, the Finnish Radiological Society, the International Congress of Radiology, the Japanese Society of Neuroradiology, the British Chapter of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, and the British Chapter of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists.

Dr. Shellock’s company, Magnetic Resonance Safety Testing Services, specializes in the assessment of MRI issues for implants and devices as well as the evaluation of electromagnetic field-related bioeffects and the development of new clinical MR imaging applications for low-field (0.2-Tesla), high-field, and very-high-field strength MR systems.


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