It was at 17 o'clock on Wednesday in conjunction with a magnetic camera examination that the accident occurred in the mobile MRI wagon found at the hospital entrance. One patient was in the camera and underwent an examination, but during the examination an X-ray nurse went in to the patient and then got stuck in the strong magnetic field that the camera creates. The nurse has suffered serious injuries and is currently being treated at the intensive care unit at Sunderby hospital.The patient suffered no physical injuries
In a press release, Region Norrbotten writes that two security guards from the hospital came to the site to help, but they too have received minor injuries and are stunned. However, the patient who was in the MRI camera did not suffer any physical damage.
- We have a pretty good picture of what has happened and the police are connected because this is a workplace accident. It is a tragic event and the X-ray nurse in question has a long experience, says Per Berglund, head of the county health care division.Stops operation in the trolley
A magnetic resonance camera creates a very strong magnetic field and everyone staying in the examination room must leave all magnetic metal objects because the strong magnetic field attracts magnetic metal.
- Right now we choose to stop the MR operation in the trolley so that the police can find out exactly what has happened. Other MR operations in the county continue as usual. I want to be clear that an MRI examination is safe and that no patient needs to be afraid to undergo the examination, ”says Per Berglund, head of the county medical services division.
The police will investigate the accident. The MR camera is owned by the company Aleris, where the nurse as well is employed.
- We regret what has happened and that it has affected a number of people, not least a colleague. The important thing now is that we get clarity on what is behind the accident. The police will conduct an investigation and Aleris will help the police in the way we can. We will also conduct our own internal investigation to clarify the cause of the incident. MRI is normally a safe and secure form of examination, says Lars Ahlander, head of Aleris X-ray in Sweden.