Skip to comments.MRI machine sucks up police officer's gun
Posted on 02/10/2013 6:28:31 AM PST by JoeProBono
CAROL STREAM, Ill., - A police officer's gun got stuck in an MRI machine at a doctor's office in Carol Stream, Ill., west of Chicago, officials said.
The incident occurred when the officer responded to a reported burglary Friday, WMAQ-TV, Chicago, reported. The magnetic force of the MRI machine pulled the officer's gun away from him.
No injuries were reported.
Carol Stream police got in touch with the manufacturer of the machine for advice on how to extricate the gun from the machine.
Officers were also investigating the burglary.
Carry an MRI machine around with you to protect yourself from armed robbers. Need one in every quick stop, bank, etc. to stop armed robberies.
A lot of east bloc dentistry used to use ferric metals. I wonder if they still ask about dental work before an MRI.
Lucky no one was using the machine. At one of our local hospitals a few years ago someone walked into the MRI room with a metal coffee cup. The patient laying on the bed died. What a sad way to go!
You’re going to have to ramp it down and hope that you don’t quench it. Typically you can ramp it down to .2T and get a come-along type of ratchet strap to get it past the 1 Gauss line. then you can remove it from the room.
I believe tattoo ink has metal in it. Lotsa tattoos out there. That would really make them “hot.”
Mythbusters already proved that false.
Perhaps the officer had seen Die Hard 2 and believed his Glock was porcelain.
There was probably a sign on the door, no metal inside this room. Which cops probably ignore because they’re so used to thinking the rules don’t apply to them. Well, MRI machines are perhaps real gun-free zones.
Only in Chicago would a burglary lead to an MRI machine.
Good thing the magnets in doctors offices usually come in singletons. If its magnetic field was nested with a bunch of others not quenching would be a tricky maneuver indeedy.
They better hope so! A quench supposedly costs $30,000 or so to replace the liquid helium.
About ten or 12 years ago, an Indianapolis cancer patient died when an orderly/nurse brought an oxygen bottle into the MRI room. The bottle shot across the room and killed the little girl in the MRI machine.
MRI machines have a powerful static field. It’s created using a coil cooled by liquified gas... the low temp means the current just keeps circling without resistance. Start it up and it sort of just keeps going.
The strength is around 4 Tesla if I remember correctly. You can create a field this large at home if you charge a bank of high voltage capacitors and discharge them into a small coil with just a few turns. The coil is best made with a heavy gauge silver/copper wire...this stuff is amazingly stiff and hard to wind though.
Your enormous magnetic pulse will last only a microsecond or so and the discharge current is enough to power a small city (for a microsecond anyway)
You can crush cans with such a device...that’s the trick geeks love to perform.
Depends on whether they are on an EMA or hourly billed service.
In general this is not covered by EMA, but the Area Service Manager will typically sign off on it and they will cover it it total or in part.
I have done this, for the same reason, in a local hospital. The Sheriff’s deputy went into the magnet room with his service weapon, and it got pulled out of the holster.
We ramped down the field to about .2T and used a come-along hook through the trigger guard to pull it out of the bore.
We avoided quenching it.
The problem is not the cost of the liquid helium, but that the room fills with helium and you don’t have long to get out before the helium displaces the oxygen in your blood through osmosis.
“Which cops probably ignore because theyre so used to thinking the rules dont apply to them. “
Ding Ding Ding! We have a winner!
This is not the first time this has happened. In Rochester NY a few years ago a cop had his gun pulled from his holster and slammed against one of these machines. In this case it also discharged. He should not have been anywhere near the MRI machine in the first place.
I suppose a few cops seem to think that not only are they exempt from the laws of man but also the laws of physics.
That would be stainless steel for the most part. Most grades of SS are not ferromagnetic so no problem there. Heat treatable grades of SS (enough carbon content) are generally used for things like knives (various cutting implements) and springs. I have a handful of titanium surgical clips in my gut and have had no problem with them during multiple MRIs.
An attendant was killed while getting a patient settled in the MRI when the operator switched on the magnet and an oxygen bottle flew across the room and fractured the attendant's skull.
Seen a crash cart go flying...patient’s arm was in the way. Not pretty, and most aggravating, because I was an EMT student on clinicals, I was essentially told to shut up when I tried to warn them!
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