Man dies after being sucked into MRI machine, police say; 2 arrested

Howard TerryFeb 01, 2018

Because MRI machines use extremely powerful magnets, no such metal objects can be in the room when one is powered up, according to the Hindustan Times.

A senior civic official said that the oxygen cylinder, which injured Rakesh Maru, the deceased, when it was pulled to the MRI machine, is still stuck to it.

According to media reports, when Maru entered the MRI room, the metallic cylinder activated the MRI machine's magnetic force which sucked the victim into it, along with the cylinder.

Harish Solanki, Maru's brother-in-law, alleged that a ward boy asked the victim to go inside with the cylinder.

Maru's family said he was visiting a relative in the hospital.

Maru's relatives are now blaming the staff at Bai Yaminabai Laxman Nair Charitable Hospital for their "massive negligence" which led to Maru's death. Jignesh Thakker, the general secretary of the Indian Radiological & Imaging Association, said "We usually have to call in the company technician if anything gets sucked into the MRI machine, the impact is such".

The police registered a case under Section 304A of the Indian Penal Code for causing "death by negligence", against hospital staffers.

In 2001, a 6-year-old boy undergoing an MRI scan in NY was killed when a metal oxygen tank flew towards the machine and crushed his skull. "Lack of infrastructure, however, has resulted in a majority of patients getting shifted to bigger hospitals, putting additional pressure on them", said Dr Ravikant Singh, a health rights activist. He was freed and taken to the emergency room in 10 minutes but pronounced dead on arrival.

"As soon as he stepped inside the room, the MRI machine literally sucked him in due to the magnetic force since he was carrying the oxygen cylinder with him", he added. The tank became magnetized and was pulled towards the machine where an MRI test was supposed to be conducted on a boy who just underwent surgery. "He went close to the machine and instead got pulled along with the oxygen cylinder incised the machine", Maru's sister Priyanka Solanki said. "How will we know what to do?"

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