MRI Safety Concerns
The magnet of a MRI machine is very powerful and its field usually extends to the entire MRI room. The magnetic field of a 1.5 Tesla machine is approximately 30,000 times more powerful than the earth’s magnetic field. This means that any magnetic or ferromagnetic material that is in proximity to the MRI machine will be subjected to great forces that can turn it into a deadly projectile. Loose objects like cell phones, pins and clips and keys brought into an MRI room by mistake are a hazard. Any medical equipment that enters the MRI room must be nonmagnetic in nature else it can turn into a hazard. There have been numerous instances of accidents attributed to negligence in MRI rooms. In a recent case, sheer negligence on the part of the MRI operators resulted in a non MRI safe stretcher being brought into the MRI room which led to grievous injuries. It should be noted that even when an MRI machine is not in use, the magnet is still on. Safety guidelines must be followed always and there should be someone responsible for access control to the MRI room at all times, even in the times of emergencies.