According to the New York Post, on January 16th, Leandro Mathias de Novaes, a Brazilian attorney, accompanied his mother to the Laboratoria Cura in Sao Paolo for her scheduled MRI. Prior to entering the MRI room, they were asked to remove all metal objects and sign a form acknowledging the safety protocols. However, Novaes chose not to disclose or remove his concealed weapon. As a result, when the magnetic field of the MRI pulled the gun from his waistband, it discharged and hit him in the stomach. He was hospitalized for three weeks following the incident but unfortunately passed away on February 6th.
Why Magnets and MRI Machines are a Bad Combination
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) machines use powerful magnetic fields and radio waves to create detailed images of the inside of the body. The magnetic field produced by an MRI machine is extremely strong, typically between 1.5 and 3 Tesla, which is thousands of times stronger than the Earth’s magnetic field. Because of this, any metal object or device, including magnets, can be dangerous if brought into the MRI room. When a metal object comes close to the MRI machine, it can be pulled towards the machine with great force, potentially causing injury or damage. Furthermore, if the metal object is ferromagnetic – possessing materials that have strong magnetic properties – , the object can become a projectile and cause serious harm to the person or people in the vicinity. For these reasons, strict safety protocols are in place to ensure that no metal objects, including magnets, are allowed in the MRI room.