Man dies in India MR mishap

Man dies in India MR mishap

by Thomas Dworetzky, Contributing Reporter | January 30, 2018
MRI Risk Management

The report is far from the first such accident with an MR.

When Uttar Pradesh Minister Satyadev Pachauri was rushed to Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences in Lucknow, India, for an emergency MR scan in June 2016, for example, his security guard brought his gun into the room.

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The gun was sucked into the machine. Damage was extensive and costly.

The medical superintendent of the hospital, Dr. Subrat Chadra told NDTV at the time, "I will put up big notices everywhere in the hospital that people should not enter restricted areas without permission. I am not sure how the security officer managed to go in, we have launched an enquiry into it. The machine itself will take over 15 days to come back to action."

The pistol was loaded at the time, but fortunately did not go off.

A similar incident took place in January, 2016, when a U.S. veteran allegedly walked into an MR room in Indianapolis at Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center packing a .45 pistol, and it got sucked against the magnet and went off.

Fortunately his wound was not life-threatening.

Another mishap in India, in 2014, saw a patient and tech trapped in an MR for four hours, one with a broken arm, when a charged scanner launched an O2 bottle from the wheelchair in which the patient was being transported. In February, 2017, Indian MR technologist Swami Ramaiah received a settlement of nearly $150,000, after he was left temporarily paralyzed from the waist down by the accident at a Tata Memorial Hospital-run treatment and research center in Navi, Mumbai.

In December, 2016, at an RSNA session in Chicago, experts weighed in on the issue of adverse MR events. There has been an almost 500 percent increase from 2000 to 2009 in the face of only a 114 percent increase in volume growth, according to Armen Kocharian, Ph.D., senior imaging physicist, Houston Methodist Hospital. And he suspects there were many more that went unreported.

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