A number of years ago a not-so-bright patient transporter brought a patient on a stretcher into the MRI suite, oxygen tank in tow. The tank went flying missing the patient’s head by millimeters, crashing into the magnet, detroying the plastic housing and severing some electrical connections. It cost a pretty penny to repair, and we were down for weeks.
Your hospital was lucky.
When you're not lucky ....
In 2001, Michael Colombini, 6, was killed while undergoing an MRI when an oxygen tank flew out of the hands of an anesthesiologist toward the machine, hitting him in the head. ............ In 2003, a New Mexico woman sued a Los Alamos hospital, claiming the magnetic pull of an MRI caused an oxygen tank to hit her in the back.
Something similar happened at a hospital in Valhalla, NY (Westchester county) some years ago, but it didn't miss, killing the patient.