Oh My!: Video Demonstrating Why No Magnetic Metals Are Allowed Around MRI Machines

December 4, 2015


This is a video from 2010 demonstrating why magnetic metal objects aren't allowed around MRI machines. The machine in this video has a four tesla magnet that was about to be decommissioned, so they decided to do some experiments first. The picture above is of the machine trying to eat an office chair, and pulling with some 1,800 pounds of force. For reference, I can pull with about six pounds of force and always get picked last in tug-o-war. I get picked second to last in kickball, but only if there's somebody on crutches.

Keep going for the video, then close your eyes and imagine Magneto making love to that machine.

Thanks to Daniel D, who heard Magneto has fathered countless electromagnetic babies with MRI machines across the globe.

  • Red Ruffensor

    I missed my little Swiss army knife when they asked me to empty my pockets, and when they turned the MRI on it shot out of my pocket and stuck in my armpit hard enough to leave a bruise. Boy, was the tech ever pissed.

    In case you're wondering, I'm just fine now.

  • TheOtakuX

    I don't think the person who made that video knows what 'disintegrating' means. That stapler looks to be in pretty good shape after being thrown around a bit.

  • Brad Walton

    Lets get real negative now. All this makes me think about is the 6-year-old boy who died after undergoing an MRI exam at a New York-area
    hospital when the machine's powerful magnetic field jerked a metal
    oxygen tank across the room, crushing the child's head.

  • Red Ruffensor

    Link or it didn't happen.

  • TheQiwiMan
  • Bling Nye

    Pfft, I have all the metal I want around the MRI, because I listen to fucking SLAYER!


  • JJtoob


  • Andyman7714

    Pffft. Magneto can do that with one hand tied behind his back.

  • Daniel L Charlebois

    "That's why we don't have magnetic chairs on wheels in the MRI!" You mean metallic chairs.

  • Sandy Dmyterko

    Some metals aren't magnetic ie gold.

  • 大川 JMizu

    non ferrous

  • Konstantin

    Non feromagnetic. Ferous implies actual iron, while other things can be feromagnetic.

  • 大川 JMizu

    my bad. thanks

  • timeiskey

    some metals also repel magnets with a weak force.

  • Konstantin

    Or a strong one, in case of a superconductor metal, which is, incidentally, the same thing that generates that huge magnetic field in the MRI machine.

  • Tyguy

    Just make a rail gun already

  • TheQiwiMan

    They did. I must warn you though, the guy's voice in the video is sexier than anything you'll ever hear in your life, and people have been known to waste away into nothing, dying of dehydration from the sheer amount of erotic ecstasy his voice creates in the listener.


  • Tyguy

    *saves video in spank-bank*

  • I came.

  • GeneralDisorder

    MIR railgun... talk about beating plowshares into swords.

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