A man died after being sucked into an MRI machine while visiting a relative at a hospital in Mumbai, India according to police.
The man was identified by local Indian media as Rajesh Maru, 32, was yanked towards the machine by its magnetic force after he entered the room carrying an oxygen cylinder.
Maru, was escorting his sister’s elderly mother-in-law when he suddenly got trapped in the machine while holding an oxygen tank, the Indian Express reported.
“Magnetic force of the machine sucked him in. We are not sure how he went so close. An inquiry is on,” said Dr. Ramesh Bharmal.
Ramesh Bharmal, the dean of the hospital, told Agence French Press, that an investigation was launched to determine the exact cause of death, and that CCTV footage of the incident had been handed over to police.
The family claims that a staffer told the the MRI machine was off, but it was actually turned on.
During an MRI exam, the machine uses a powerful magnetic field to produce images of the body's organs. Metallic objects are pulled towards it and must not be carried into the room.
"We have arrested a doctor and another junior staff member under section 304 of the Indian penal code for causing death due to negligence," said Mumbai police spokesman Deepak Deoraj.
Maru’s hand got stuck in the machine along with the oxygen tank.
Family members and hospital staffers rushed to pull Maru’s bleeding body out of the machine before he was rushed to an emergency ward, where he died 10 minutes later, according to reports.
Police said preliminary reports suggested that the man had died from inhaling liquid oxygen that leaked from the cylinder.
“It’s because of their carelessness that Rajesh died,” Maru’s relative, Harish Solanki said.