As has happened before, I was struck dumb as I was sitting in front of my computer, looking at the live scenes of destruction in the wake of the Oklahoma City tornado last week. It makes perfect sense to feel helpless hundreds or thousands of miles away, but what about those in and around Oklahoma City? What about our imaging colleagues? Should they (or could they) prepare for events like this tornado?
According to the FDA, 2008 saw a 30 percent increase in the number of reported MRI accidents. In the four years following 2004, the FDA's MAUDE database catalogues a 270 percent increase in MRI accidents. But what may be even more troubling than the dramatic increase in reported accidents are the numbers that aren't included in the FDA's data.