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MRI machine sucks up police officer's gun
upi ^ | Feb. 9, 2013

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.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: banglist; mri

1 posted on 02/10/2013 6:28:43 AM PST by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

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.


2 posted on 02/10/2013 6:31:38 AM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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3 posted on 02/10/2013 6:33:56 AM PST by Walmartian (I'm their leader. Which way did they go?)
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To: JoeProBono

A lot of east bloc dentistry used to use ferric metals. I wonder if they still ask about dental work before an MRI.


4 posted on 02/10/2013 6:36:38 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: JoeProBono

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!


5 posted on 02/10/2013 6:44:57 AM PST by wesagain (The God #Elohim# of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the One True GOD.)
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To: JoeProBono

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.


6 posted on 02/10/2013 6:53:09 AM PST by Ouderkirk (Obama has turned America into an aristocracy of the unaccomplished.)
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To: muir_redwoods

I believe tattoo ink has metal in it. Lotsa tattoos out there. That would really make them “hot.”


7 posted on 02/10/2013 6:53:55 AM PST by manic4organic (It was nice knowing you, America.)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
I had an MRI and had to have my eyes X-rayed to check for metal splinters to the machine would not make me go blind. No keys, pocket knife, zipper, no metal.
8 posted on 02/10/2013 7:00:47 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: manic4organic
I believe tattoo ink has metal in it. Lotsa tattoos out there. That would really make them “hot.”

Mythbusters already proved that false.

9 posted on 02/10/2013 7:11:24 AM PST by Azeem (There are four boxes to be used in the defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury and ammo.)
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To: JoeProBono

Perhaps the officer had seen Die Hard 2 and believed his Glock was porcelain.


10 posted on 02/10/2013 7:41:24 AM PST by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: JoeProBono

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.


11 posted on 02/10/2013 7:43:57 AM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: JoeProBono

Only in Chicago would a burglary lead to an MRI machine.


12 posted on 02/10/2013 7:50:32 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Ouderkirk

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.


13 posted on 02/10/2013 7:51:08 AM PST by Black Agnes
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14 posted on 02/10/2013 7:53:37 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Ouderkirk

They better hope so! A quench supposedly costs $30,000 or so to replace the liquid helium.


15 posted on 02/10/2013 8:01:17 AM PST by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: wesagain

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.


16 posted on 02/10/2013 9:26:34 AM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: JoeProBono

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.


17 posted on 02/10/2013 9:28:48 AM PST by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: ccmay

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.


18 posted on 02/10/2013 9:37:49 AM PST by Ouderkirk (Obama has turned America into an aristocracy of the unaccomplished.)
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19 posted on 02/10/2013 9:54:04 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: coloradan

“Which cops probably ignore because they’re so used to thinking the rules don’t 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.


20 posted on 02/10/2013 10:25:55 AM PST by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: muir_redwoods
A lot of east bloc dentistry used to use ferric metals.

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.

Regards,
GtG

21 posted on 02/10/2013 3:22:04 PM PST by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: Gandalf_The_Gray

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!


22 posted on 02/10/2013 4:59:46 PM PST by Fire_on_High (RIP City of Heroes and Paragon Studios, victim of the Obamaconomy.)
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