(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING) -- During the past week or so, thousands of European radiologists have received an e-mail with this rather alarmist heading: “EU directive still threatens MRI.” Another e-mail doing the rounds has an equally sensational title: “No more MRI in Europe?” The first point to note is that this is not spam. The bureaucrats in Europe have got themselves into a ludicrous and needless muddle during the past few years, and there is no sign of the issue being resolved in the near future. There are genuine concerns that the daily use of MRI may be restricted because of regulations designed to protect people. So how did this situation arise? The European Union’s Physical Agents (Electromagnetic Field) Directive was originally set to take effect in April 2008, but as this deadline approached, information about the legislation’s likely impact on routine clinical work and MR research was widely distributed. The Alliance for MRI was formed to raise awareness of the potential problems, and the European Commission (EC) announced in late October 2007 that implementation of the EMF directive would be put on hold.
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