National MRI safety week
It’s National MRI safety week, and here at Carlsbad Open MRI, we take safety very seriously. MRI’s have long been known to be machines that have no risks associated with them, this can not be further from the truth. MRI’s are medical machines that take images and scans of the body, with any medical procedures or examination come with risks. Risks need to come with safety guidelines and procedures. MRI examinations always come with some risks, but by following the right protocol, MRI’s benefits are enormous.
MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging; the machine takes images of the inside of your body. It can show a patient what is going on beneath the skin, the images that MRI’s produce are phenomenal and are necessary in the field of medicine.
An MRI is basically a giant magnet, and a very powerful one as well. This means if any metal is located in the room at any time that this machine is turned on it can mean bad news. During an MRI patients are told to not wear any metal jewelry or belts, so that they wont get stuck in the machine. This sounds minor, however any metal that gets stuck to the machine can break the machine.
For example, an incident happened in the U.K. almost a month ago where someone opened the door with a wheelchair while an MRI machine was in use. The wheelchair flew through the air and was sucked into the machine, the machine broke and caused nearly $300,000 worth of damage. Not only can this cause damage, but it can be a danger for anyone who is in the room or a patient who is receiving an MRI.
We observe MRI safety week because of what happened to a 6-year-old boy nearly 15 years ago. A metal oxygen cylinder was brought into the room during his MRI, the container exploded and the little boy was killed. This sparked extra precaution and safety regulations for MRI procedures. Every July on the last week of the month, we remember and honor this little boy who was killed because of the unsafe environment he was put in.
The meaning of this week for us is huge. Because we are an MRI facility we always use proper safety regulations, and each year we prompt our technicians, doctors, and patients to get educated on the risks of MRIs. It’s serious business and we treat it that way, but with proper rules and safety routines MRIs are a beneficial, risk free procedure in the world of medicine.