The safety of magnetic resonance imaging is to be investigated by the Health Protection Agency, which this month approved ‘in principle’ the need for an epidemiological study of possible adverse effects from high static field MRI imaging machines, due to lack of evidence.
‘The exposures to patients and medical staff from the magnetic fields can be high and there is a lack of information on possible adverse long-term health effects,’ the agency said.
Staff at an independent adolescent mental health service in Northamptonshire have failed to follow best practice when using seclusion, leaving patients for “longer than necessary” and in unsafe environments, health inspectors found in new damning report.
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