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When MRIs Go Wrong


From fatal accidents to traumatic experiences,
this is what happens when MRIs go wrong. This video was requested by Business Trending. If you have any other topics you’d like to
learn about, subscribe and let us know in the comments section below. Number 5 Rajesh Maru
In 2018, Indian man Rajesh Maru was visiting an elderly relative at Mumbai’s Nair Hospital. According to his family, a staff member asked
Maru to carry an oxygen cylinder inside the room with the MRI scanner. The person in question reportedly assured
Maru’s family that the machine had been turned off. This, unfortunately, wasn’t the case. As he carried the metal cylinder inside, Maru
was yanked towards the machine with great force. The tank was damaged by the impact and started
leaking liquid oxygen, which Maru inhaled. He was rushed to the emergency room, but was
pronounced dead within ten minutes. In the aftermath, arrests were made and the
victim’s family was compensated. Next up, we’ve got several police officers
who were disarmed by MRI scanners, but first let’s learn more about how these machines
work. Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI is a medical
imaging technique used to observe the physiological processes and anatomy of the human body. The MRI scanner is a large cylindrical machine
which creates a strong magnetic field around the body. Although the machine is complex, the way it
works is quite simple to grasp. Once a person is inside the narrow tube, the
scanner sends pulses of radio waves which knock hydrogen nuclei out of their regular
position. Since we’re mostly made of water, hydrogen
atoms are abundant in the body. In the MRI scanner, instead of spinning randomly,
hydrogen atoms line up with the magnetic field. When the magnetic field is turned off, the
nuclei return to their normal position and, in doing so, send out radio signals. A computer then analyzes these signals and
converts them into images of the organ or body structure that’s being examined. It’s a highly effective procedure, but one
that also comes with several risks, particularly since it involves the use of powerful electromagnets. Before we continue with our list, answer this
question. Which of these activities was performed in
an MRI machine for scientific observation? a. Writing Poetry
b. Solving a Rubik’s Cube
c. Speaking backwards
d. Having Intercourse
Let us know what you think in the comments section below and keep watching to find out
the right answer. Number 4 MRIs and Guns
In 2013, an unnamed police officer in rural Illinois was investigating a burglary inside
a medical building. As he entered the MRI room, his service weapon
was forcefully pulled to the machine. The gun remained immovable and the building
was locked down. The situation was only resolved after the
machine’s manufacturer was contacted for assistance. Oddly enough, the 2013 incident wasn’t the
first time that an MRI scanner had disarmed a police officer. In 2009 a police officer was visiting her
mother, when her firearm was pulled to the machine thus trapping her hand as well. She managed to get free, but the weapon was
stuck to the machine for hours. Then again, in 2006, an off-duty officer in
New York carried a gun into the MRI room during his examination. The weapon was pulled to the machine and released
a bullet into the wall. Fortunately, nobody was hurt. Our next listing involves a severe injury
suffered by an elderly war veteran. Before we get to that, though, let’s see
what an MRI scanner can actually be used for. The MRI scanner is among the best diagnostic
tools available in medicine today. Since its development in the 1970s and 1980s,
it has gradually evolved to include more processes. One of these is observing the functional activity
in the brain by measuring changes in blood flow. Diffusion MRI is used to observe how water
molecules move through the body since strokes or tumors may restrict their diffusion. Developed in the early 2000s, Real-time MRI
can be used for continuous observation of moving organs, like the heart. MRI can also be combined with high-intensity
focused ultrasound therapy. This noninvasive technique uses high energy
beams to remove diseased tissue and the process may be monitored through magnetic resonance. Aside from its wide variety of applications,
it’s also worth mentioning that, unlike CT or CAT scans, MRI doesn’t use X-Ray or
ionizing radiation. Number 3 Dan Mahony
79-year-old war veteran Dan Mahony was seriously injured in a radiology center in Medford,
New York. According to Mahony’s son, the man had been
informed about the dangers of bringing metal objects inside the MRI room. Yet, nobody told him to leave his metal walker
behind. It was yanked from under Mahony as soon as
the elderly man entered the room. He fell to the floor abruptly and hit his
head. Two days later he suffered a stroke and roughly
two months later he was dead. Mahony’s family subsequently sued the hospital. Before we get to one of the most brutal incidents
to have ever taken place inside an MRI room, let’s go through some of the ways a scanner
can kill you. Although rare, MRI-related fatalities have
occurred, mostly as the result of human error. Since high-powered magnets are used, anything
metal on or inside the body can basically become a deadly projectile. Internally, this includes anything from pacemakers,
screws, plates or surgical clips to shrapnel or bullets. These objects can heat up, become displaced
or, in rare cases, even get forcefully pulled out of the body. Minuscule metal fragments in the eye may cause
tissue damage or even blindness. It’s worth mentioning that MRI magnets are
at least 1,000 times more powerful than refrigerator magnets. If something metal is brought inside the room,
it will be drawn to the inside of the scanner, where the patient is sitting. The greater the mass of the metal object and
the closer it is to the machine, the more dangerous it becomes. Substances, known as contrast dyes, may be
administered through an IV to improve the imaging quality. Some patients may suffer allergic reactions
to these substances. Additionally, the loud sounds, the confined
space and the pressure to sit still may cause anxiety attacks. Number 2 Michael Colombini
6-year-old Michael Colombini died after sustaining severe skull trauma at the Westchester Medical
Center, north of New York City. The incident took place in 2001. Prior to going in the MRI scanner, the boy
had undergone surgery to remove a benign tumor. His kindergarten teacher told a media outlet
“You’d think that if you had survived all of that, you’d be sort of home free”. The MRI scan was a way for doctors to monitor
the boy’s progress after the surgery. Even though the dangers of having anything
metal in the room were part of the safety protocols, a metal oxygen tank somehow made
its way inside. As the 10-ton electromagnet was turned on,
the tank was pulled towards the tube, at 20 to 30 feet per second. The flying cylinder crushed the boy’s skull,
causing fractures and bruising to his brain. He later succumbed to his injuries. In light of this tragic incident, let’s
go through some MRI safety measures. After that we’ll take a look at a case involving
two hospital workers pinned down by an oxygen tank for four hours. From the perspective of medical professionals,
safety is a matter of following the proper regulations when operating the MRI machine. These may differ slightly, depending on the
country where the machine is used, but the overall safety protocol is usually the same. As a patient, you should inform your doctor
if you have any metal implants or foreign objects in your body. Remove all jewellery, piercings and other
metal objects before you go inside the room with the scanner. Tell your doctor if you suffer from claustrophobia,
which is the fear of being enclosed in a tight space. Anti-anxiety medication may be provided to
ease your MRI experience. You should also notify the radiologist or
technician of any known allergies. So, what activity was performed in an MRI
scanner for scientific observation? The right answer was d, having intercourse. In the late 1990s, a Dutch researcher named
Pek van Andel and his team studied several couples as they had intercourse in an MRI
scanner. It was reportedly done to observe bodily functions
during heterosexual relations. Number 1 Incident in Mumbai
In November, 2014, two hospital workers in Mumbai spent roughly four hours sandwiched
between a metal oxygen tank and an MRI machine. As they were preparing the machine for a scan,
technician Swami Ramaiah asked ward boy, Sunil Jadhav, to bring him an oxygen mask. Jadhav, who’d never worked in an MRI room,
misunderstood and brought him a 4-foot oxygen tank instead. As Jadhav approached the machine, he was yanked
with such brute force that he didn’t have time to drop the tank. Both he and Ramaiah were pinned against the
MRI machine. It would’ve been over in a matter of minutes,
but the scanner’s emergency stop didn’t work and the magnetic field remained active. Therefore, the men were stuck to the scanner
for about four hours. Jadhav had suffered a fractured shoulder while
Ramaiah had suffered a ruptured bladder, kidney damage and internal bleeding. The men were treated while they were still
pinned to the machine. According to local reports, a team of rescuers
at one point tried to remove the cylinder using a rope. The effort proved futile and the men were
only released after an engineer working for the scanner’s manufacturer arrived on site. Both of them eventually recovered and were
compensated in the incident’s aftermath. It would take almost a year for Ramaiah to
return to his work and he was reportedly traumatized by what had happened. Thanks for watching! Would you rather be stuck in an MRI machine
for five hours or be subjected to constant jump scares for that same amount of time? Let us know in the comments section below!

26 thoughts on “When MRIs Go Wrong

  1. I had an accident from an MRI, I forgot I had a penis ring on, and the MRI stretched my penis out about 6 more inches, I later thanked the nurses for my extension,and said I'll be back.

  2. Can anti depressant drugs kill u I know the side affects can be mad and missing a dose from a large amount can cause brain damage as I have been a victim of this missed dosage from a mess up of doctors in England where I live are bad and don't do their jobs proply

  3. I have had a few mri scans. I fall asleep in them. Anyone who has had a mri will appreciate how much talent that takes.

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