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New study highlights gender disparity in radiology Fewer female radiologists are publishing research

World's first 10.5-Tesla human MR scan performed at University of Minnesota A 110-ton magnet with a world of potential

Availity announces debut of pre-clearance service at HIMSS Confirms imaging authorization in minutes and ensures patient payments prior to visit

New brain MR technique improves brain imaging for restless children Fewer motion and pulsation artifacts

Radiology firm sues MR service provider for more than $68,000 in unpaid services Alleges breach of contract for failure to pay for services rendered

Lisa Hazen ARRT appoints new Nuclear Medicine Technology (NMT) Relationship Manager

Elekta partners with Memorial Sloan Kettering for cancer research on MR-linac Will test MR-linac in treating tumors in nine parts of the body

Radiologists configure MR to find bone and brain metastases in 7 minutes Increases efficiency by roughly 30 percent

New 3T MR from Philips cuts scan time in half Ingenia Elition 3T was unveiled at ECR and uses AI to enhance workflow

Leveraging volumetric software and other new innovations provides more visible role for radiologists Adding objectivity to image analysis

An MR scanner began leaking a
hazardous gas at JFK airport following
a fall (Credit: Port Authority PBA)

MR scanner leaks helium at JFK during transport

by John R. Fischer , Staff Reporter
A team of hazmat professionals were called in at John F. Kennedy International Airport this weekend when a damaged MR machine began leaking helium.

The incident occurred around 7 p.m. Saturday, February 10 at building 23, a cargo facility for Asiana Airlines. The machine in question “was being transported, fell, and was punctured” and began “leaking helium refrigerated liquid,” Joe Pentangelo, senior police public information officer at JFK, told HCB News.

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When a leak like this occurs, the colorless, odorless gas can cause severe frostbite and burns as well as asphyxiation or dizziness.

Personnel immediately moved the scanner by forklift outside, following the incident. Port Authority Police Department emergency services and fire crews responded to the scene with the spill cleared at around 9:30 p.m.

Credit: Port Authority PBA

Though MR leakages may be rare, the potential for mishaps in general with MR scanners are common, posing harm to patients, staff members and any other individual within the vicinity. A veterinary hospital in New Jersey, for instance, experienced such an incident in March 2015 when an MR machine exploded, causing a portion of the roof to collapse and putting one man in the hospital in critical condition.

A man in India also died recently in another incident when a scanner pulled him up, along with an oxygen tank he was holding, pinning his hand and trapping him inside where he succumbed to over-inhalation of oxygen.

No injuries were reported in this incident.

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