[ RadSafe ] potentially combustible helium??????
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Tue Jan 3 13:42:29 CST 2012
MRI safety training pays off in Pa.
By AuntMinnie.com staff writers
January 3, 2012
Officials at St. Luke's Hospital - Anderson Campus in Easton, PA, are crediting MRI safety training as the reason injuries and extensive damage were avoided following a fire in an MRI suite at the facility.
A December 30 report<http://www.mcall.com/health/mc-bethlehem-mri-explosions-20111230,0,7840341.story> in the Morning Call newspaper noted that no one was injured at St. Luke's, and damage was limited to smoke in the hallways.
An MRI technologist activated a system that demagnetized the unit and allowed potentially combustible helium to exit the building through a vent, according to the report. At that point, firefighters were able to extinguish the fire.
The cause of the incident is under investigation.
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