|I didn't even know that any zoo would HAVE an MRI scanner
||[Jan. 14th, 2009|12:25 pm]
A US woman who had a tumor on her spine was told to go to the zoo to have a MRI because she was too heavy and too wide to fit through a regular MRI machine, according to reports.
Carolyn Ragan weighed 125kg and was 152cm tall when the Kansas City hospital said their MRI machine could not hold her weight. So a medical assistant at the hospital apparently said he would help her find a solution.
"He suggested the Kansas City Zoo," Ragan reportedly said. "I thought, I know I'm big, but I'm not as big as an elephant. And my husband got mad."
Medical Imaging in Kansas City North, which has both closed and open MRI machines can typically hold up to 200 kg, but sometimes a person who weighs less can still be out of luck, according to an MRI technician.
"It depends on how they are built a lot of times and what part of their body we're scanning," said technician Sarah Abbott of Medical Imaging. "The machine can only be so open before the magnetic field dissipates into the room."
Ragan, who ended up having two surgeries and some paralysis, said she finally found an open MRI machine that held her weight, but it was embarrassing and frustrating.
"They should have machines that fit most everybody," she said.
It wouldn't have worried me, so long as the machine was properly sterilised first.
When I had both of mine done (the neck first, then the arm) I needed to wear earplugs. Can you imagine the size of earplugs for something the size of a tiger or elephant?