Probe into death of youth in MRI machine

Mumbai Man dies after being sucked into MRI machine CM Fadnavis announces Rs 5 lakh compensation

A man accompanying a patient for an MRI has died after he was sucked into the machine's chamber.

Mumbai: Dr Saurabh Lajrekar, a resident doctor, ward boy Vitthal Chavan and ward attendant Sunita Surve, who were arrested from Bai Yamunabai Laxman (BYL) Nair Charitable hospital, following the death of a 32-year-old man at the hospital's Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) suite, were released on bail on Monday.

An MRI is a type of scan that uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed images of inside the body.

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

Above, an MRI macine in France.

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Officials told the Hindustan Times that the MRI machine at the hospital would be shut down for four or five days and patients asked to attend other facilities. The accident took the life of Rajesh Maru, who went inside the room to accompany a relative for MRI scan at Nair Hospital. Solanki said the ward boy told Maru to carry the oxygen tank in because Solanki would need it. An eyewitness said that as soon as the man entered the room with the cylinder, the machine pulled both the man and the cylinder with great force.

Supposedly the family was not given any instructions or told not to go too close to the machine.

It is thought the cylinder was damaged after hitting the machine. "We are shocked and devastated", Jitendra Maru told AFP.

The state government of Maharashtra, of which Mumbai is the capital, announced compensation of 500,000 rupees for the victim's family.

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.

No metal objects are allowed inside an MRI room when the magnetic machine is turned on, but someone referred to only as "a ward boy" had reportedly assured everyone the machine was switched off before the man entered the room.

This is not the first time that this unfortunate event is happening.

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