Exempt MRI scanners from new EU rules, say campaigners

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 15 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:552
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

    Medical specialists, patients' groups, and European parliamentarians launched a campaign last week to ensure that new EU health and safety legislation will not restrict the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

    The Alliance for MRI fears that new Europe-wide measures, which are designed to protect employees from short term exposure to electromagnetic fields, will inadvertently make it harder to use equipment to diagnose and treat illnesses from cancer and heart attacks to strokes and brain tumours.

    The legislation will limit the time that operators may spend near MRI machines when in use. The alliance warns that this will make it more difficult …

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