Googling on "mri kill boy oxygen" gave a couple of hits that looked like
confirmations. The first hit was 404; the second was a safety site
(http://www.altair.org/hazard.html) that included this warning under
Ferrous metal objects can pose a danger near high powered
magnets, such as a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) unit
because the maagnet draws magnetic objects to it. Flying
items can hurt and kill, including a young boy who died in
2001 from injuries after a metal oxygen tank was brought
into an MRI unit, flew toward the magnet, and struck him
in the head.
This sounds more likely; someone foolishly wheeled a steel tank into an
occupied MRI unit, resulting in tragedy. Not exactly a confirmation of
the event out of the realm of urban legend, I realize, but I can believe
it. Hope it didn't really happen, though.
Marc A. Schindler wrote:
> It couldn't have been a CAT scan, which is just a glorified, spinning
> machine, basically. I heard it was an MRI. I don't dispute Stephen -- he
> like he knows what he's talking about, but I can't remember any more
> than what I
> [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
> > Stephen Beecroft:
> > >-Marc-
> > >> ... a tech had inadvertently left an oxygen cylinder in the
> > >> room, and when the MRI was turned on, it got sucked
> > >> right into the core, killing the poor patient (a young boy)
> > >> instantly.
> > > Unless MRI technology has changed significantly in the
> > > last 7-8 years, I find this a bit hard to swallow.
> > I heard the story pretty much as Marc described it. I didn't
> > hear a retraction. Maybe it wasn't an MRI or was a CAT
> > scan or something, or maybe the report wasn't accurate,
> > but I do remember hearing about it a few months ago on
> > the radio and reading about it in the paper.
> > Larry Jackson
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