Curious case of MRI scan failureBMJ 2013; 347 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4751 (Published 31 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4751
- Mike Sury, consultant anaesthetist,
- Owen Arthurs, consultant radiologist,
- Prashanth Reddy, specialty registrar in anaesthetics
A 3 year girl with epilepsy and moderate learning difficulties attended for magnetic resonance imaging. Anaesthesia involved breathing sevoflurane via a laryngeal mask airway. The localiser magnetic resonance image was unobtainable owing to large apparent metallic artefact, despite no relevant history provided. On waking, she coughed out a coin, and subsequent imaging was satisfactory.⇑ Her parents then remembered that she had attended her local hospital after a choking spell three months earlier. She had not received a radiograph. Unexplained metallic artefacts occur only rarely in children, and a detailed clinical history is essential before magnetic resonance imaging.
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