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Wired UK Feature On MRI Projectile Accidents

Color me flattered! (which I think is the color of that shirt in the illustration)

Wired UK Illustration by Lee Hasler. Click for Wired UK source.

The UK edition of Wired magazine just ran one of their ‘featurettes’ on this blog and picked their favorite (though, that’s a slightly squint word-choice for potentially deadly accidents) types of projectile accidents. Quote’s from — and a direct link to — the article follow.

Click To Continue And Get The Link To The Wired UK Article…

MRI Truth Is Sometimes Stranger Than MRI Fiction

I have a serial weakness for medical dramas. I get sucked-in and watch for a couple of seasons before the absurdity catches up with me. With respect to MRI, it seems that 99% of the time the shows are so wildly off-base that it seems that each must outdo its own crazy scenarios (and those of the other medical dramas) to come up with a new MRI-related plot gimmick.

But then, typically after I’ve lost all hope of seeing anything that approaches reality, something plausible and even downright real is shown on one of these programs…


Click to read more and see the real MRI accident photo…

More Than Just A Pretty Face…

How I long to be judged for my content… my substance… and not just how I look!

No, not me, the author, but the figurative ‘me‘, this blog…

I don’t know if you’ve ever used them, but all of the major internet search engines have tools that you can use to find images that match your search criteria. Every so often there’s a new paparazzi picture of some starlet in mid-wardrobe-malfunction or a politician with a facial expression that looks like they just smelled something awful that become the ‘it’ picture of the day.

Well, based on the number of hits our blog has been getting recently, and the image search tools that many of these hits are coming from, apparently we have a lesser ‘it’ picture, and it has nothing to do with politics or racy nudity…

It’s a picture of an ICU bed stuck to the face of an MRI.

The 'it' photo of MRI Safety

Pictures of things stuck to magnets often generate wide-eyed looks, even laughter. After all, the juxtaposition can be pretty silly. But each of these pictures is only possible because of horrible mishaps that can each result in serious injury, or even fatality.

We encourage people to find and view these pictures, not to have a larger number of viewers snicker at them. We put them up to help deflate the ‘that could never happen here’ mythology that is dangerous. If you can see magnets, floor polishers, oxygen cylinders, wheelchairs or, as above, ICU beds that look like ones in use at the hospital or imaging center, then maybe the internal monologue becomes something more like, ‘what would have to happen here for us to have a similar accident?’

Most importantly, we hope that all of these efforts work to motivate Technologists, Radiographers, Imaging Managers, Radiologists, Risk-Managers and Compliance Officers to imagine which steps they could take at their locations to reduce the likelihood of these sorts of accidents.

There are many steps that can be taken to help improve the effectiveness of pre-screening for magnet hazards. One of the most obvious is also one of the easiest, the use of ferromagnetic detectors.

We encourage you to view and share the information contained on these pages and we hope that each of these resources, even the racy pictures of MRI missile accidents, help shape improvements to MRI safety at your facilities.

After all, I’m lot more than just a pretty face…

Tobias Gilk, President & MRI Safety Director
Mednovus, Inc.

MRI Missile Effect Accident Pictures

You know, they’d be funny if they didn’t so often result in injuries to patients, Technologists, or housekeeping personnel. Yes, I’m talking about the plethora of MRI missile effect accident images that you can find scattered across the internet.

As everyone who’s spent more than an hour or two around an MRI knows, these super high-strength magnets have a reputation for ‘sucking-in’ ferromagnetic materials that are so prevalent in wheelchairs, gurneys, gas cylinders, fire extinguisher, and carts.

Floor buffer in MRI

In the last few years, there’s been a spate of floor polishers that have found their way into MRI scanners across the country…

Another floor polisher...

And yet another floor polisher in an MRI

But while there’s a nearly universal urge to snicker at these images, it is important to realize two crucial things about each and every projectile accident.

First: Each and every MRI missile effect accident is theoretically 100% avoidable. By prospectively identifying the ferromagnetic nature of materials before they’re brought into the MRI suite, none of these need to happen. By following best practices including the ACR’s Guidance Document, or the Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert, and deploying ferromagnetic detection screening of all people and materials approaching the MRI scanner, it is possible to prevent projectile accidents.

MRI scanner eats ICU patient bed

Second: Each and every ferromagnetic projectile incident has all the ingredients for injury. While there is only one official account of a projectile-related fatality, there are many, many reports of injury, a good number of which have been severe. And given the abysmal rates of MRI accident reporting, it’s entirely believable that other anecdotal accounts of MRI-projectile fatalities are more fact than fiction.

These projectile accidents are more commonplace, and more dangerous than many are aware. So what can you can do to avoid becoming a part of the MRI missile accident scrapbook? Start by reviewing all of your MRI safety protocols, and consider deploying ferromagnetic detection screening for each and every MRI.

Tobias Gilk, President & MRI Safety Director
Mednovus, Inc.

PS: If you’d like to find more pictures, and even a video or two, on MRI accidents, I encourage you to check out www.SimplyPhysics.com/flying_objects.html