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Health impact of MRI investigated

22nd May 2008

The Health Protection Agency is to investigate whether magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners can damage the health of workers who regularly operate the machines.

While MRI scans have been seen as a significant step forward in diagnosis there remains concern that exposure to the magnetic fields they create may produce adverse long term health effects. The study follows a recommendation by an independent board of experts which said an investigation was needed to see whether regular exposure to the magnetic fields produced by MRI scanners could raise the risk of cancer and other diseases.

 

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