acute vertigo in an anesthesia provider during exposure to a 3t MRI scanner

Andrew Gorlin, Joseph M. Hoxworth, William Pavlicek, Christopher A. Thunberg, David Seamans

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Vertigo induced by exposure to the magnetic field of a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner is a well-known phenomenon within the radiology community but is not widely appreciated by other clinical specialists. Here, we describe a case of an anesthetist experiencing acute vertigo while providing sedation to a patient undergoing a 3 Tesla MRI scan. After discussing previous reports, and the evidence surrounding MRI-induced vertigo, we review potential etiologies that include the effects of both static and time-varying magnetic fields on the vestibular apparatus. We conclude our review by discussing the occupational standards that exist for MRI exposure and methods to minimize the risks of MRI-induced vertigo for clinicians working in the MRI environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-166
Number of pages6
JournalMedical Devices: Evidence and Research
StatePublished - Mar 10 2015


  • 3T MRI scanner
  • MRI worker safety
  • Magnetic field
  • Occupational medicine
  • Vestibular dysfunction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Biomedical Engineering


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