Views & Reviews Outside the Box

Opera and imaging: none may sleep

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 06 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5507
  1. Trisha Greenhalgh, professor of primary health care, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, London
  1. p.greenhalgh{at}

I signed the consent form, confirmed that I did not have a pacemaker fitted, and took my position on the rack. The technician fitted me with headphones and ascertained my taste in music: rock, pop, jazz, or opera? Opera, please. She warned me to stay very still and pressed the button, which moved the rack into the tube. I clutched the panic button gratefully.

There was plastic in all directions, 3 inches from my face. Most people lying in …

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