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UP Min’s guard ruins MRI machine

| | Lucknow

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) diagnostic facility in Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences (RMLIMS) remained affected on Saturday, a day after service pistol of a security officer, attached to an Uttar Pradesh Minister, got stuck in machine worth Rs5 crore.

A large number of patients, who came from different parts of the State for MRI, had to return disappointed as engineers’ efforts to remove the pistol from the machine were in vain.

An additional cost of Rs50 lakh has to be incurred to repair the machine and this is out of its annual maintenance contract, RMLIMS director Dr Deepak Malviya told a news agency.

The MRI machine had conked out on Friday after the security personnel accompanying Uttar Pradesh Minister Satyadev Pachauri, who was to undergo an MRI scan, entered the room carrying his service pistol, unaware that all metallic items have to be kept outside.

As soon as he stepped inside the room, the gun came out of the holster and got stuck in the MRI machine due to its magnetic effect

Pachauri was brought to the hospital after he collapsed during a political speech in Hardoi district, around 112 km from Lucknow. He was then taken to a room after the doctors recommended a MRI scan.

“The operation of MRI machine has been stopped till the time it is declared fit for use by company engineers. The process is likely to take some time. The patients are being sent to other Government hospitals for MRI,” said the RMLIMS administration.

The engineers put in efforts to remove the pistol from the machine but without any success. The strong magnetic field of the machine has to be contained and only then the heavy iron gun could be removed from the machine, they said.

The radiology experts are of the view that the repair works in the machine would take more than two-week time and would incur high expenditure.

The experts believe that the strong magnet of MRI machine had attracted the iron-made pistol and hampered its operation.

While some eyewitnesses to the incident said the cop was aware of the advisory written outside the MRI room and intentionally stepped into the room, others considered that he left other metal items in his possession outside the MRI room but he could not afford to hand over his service gun to anyone.

The patients are asked to remove all metal items like key, mobile phone, wrist watch, coin, belt, buttons, before their entry in the MRI room as part of the safety protocol.

 
 
 
 
 

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