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Rom J Leg Med29(1)49-52(2021)
DOI:10.4323/rjlm.2021.49
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THE FORENSIC ASPECT OF THERMAL INJURIES DURING MRI: A CASE REPORT WITH A REVIEW OF LITERATURE

C. Deveci, M. Atilgan, S. Demirçin


Abstract: Burn-related injuries during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examinations are known, common and can usually occur if the person has conductive medical materials on or within their body; however burns due to formation of closed circuits in tissues during MRI exam are extremely rare. These particular thermal injuries and closed circuits are thought to be a result of skin-to-skin contact during MRI and usually found on the extremities. The presented case is of a man who had 2nd degree burns on his calves in MRI device and later filed a malpractice suit against the hospital, doctor and the staff. This report aims to emphasize the importance of informed consent, the extent of information it should contain, and also to discuss the measures to be taken in order to prevent MRI burns by a review of recent literature.
Keywords: legal medicine, magnetic resonance imaging, thermal injury, burn, informed consent, malpractice



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