Breaking: Local Teen’s Selfie-Stick Caught In MRI Machine

Selfie Stick MRI

WEST CALEDONIA, ND – Local teen Felix Schulterst only wanted one quick Instagram shot of himself with his legs going into the MRI scanner today, but it wasn’t meant to be.  When the 17-year old walked into the MRI suite with his selfie stick tucked beneath his gown, he had no idea that the next second his iPhone and fancy $20 remote-controlled baton would be flying across the room toward the scanner.

“It was like some magical force pulled the stick across the room Harry Potter-style.  I don’t know how it did that!” said Schulterst as he waited with his mom in the lobby afterward.

The MRI’s powerful magnet had to be de-magnetized and reset (at a cost of several thousand dollars) in order to remove the offending selfie-stick from inside the machine.

“I just wanna know when I’m gonna get my phone back. I heard it dinging for a text message when I left the room, and it’s killing me that I don’t know who’s texting me,” said Felix.

The DME will keep you posted as this story develops.

22 thoughts on “Breaking: Local Teen’s Selfie-Stick Caught In MRI Machine

  1. Lies. You dont/cant demagnetize an MRI. You just pull the selfie stick out. Phone won’t stick. This is bullcrap.

  2. Idiot! I hope he gets billed! Everyone knows the M in MRI stands for MAGNETIC! He could have killed someone 😡😫

  3. A 17 yr old should behave far more responsibly than that. It’s not at all funny his asking back for phone.

  4. Its not the teens fault too! What happened to the prescreening process that they allowed this prick to have his phone/selfie in the MRI suite?

    • The article states that the selfie stick and phone were tucked beneath his gown. Patients are asked a multitude of questions prior to the scan to ensure that they have no metal inside or OUTSIDE of their bodies. Patients are not frisked, but maybe they should be! He could’ve seriously injured the MRI Technologist. And yes, his parents should be billed for the cost of shutting down and restarting the equipment. Never mind the other patients waiting for their exam and the lost revenue to the facility.

      • So, it appears this story isn’t even real. But, if it’s on the Internet, it must be true…right? Lol.

      • As an MRI tech, I find it hard to believe that the tech would be at fault here. The cost of the incident (about $40K in recommissioning the scanner, plus coolant refill, nitrogen pressurization costs and lost revenue) should be borne by the parents. The screening process is taken extremely seriously as people can – and have – been killed in scanners by objects drawn into the magnet bore. However, patients will do what patients will do. I have had patients try to ‘smuggle’ all sorts of things into the scan room despite my best efforts to screen them and explain the risks, everything from magazines to wallets to ipods and cellphones. I even had one off-duty police officer try to tell me he was taking his pistol in whether I liked it or not, as he didn’t want to leave it in our locker (I familiarized him with the Hospital zero tolerance policy on firearms anywhere on the grounds, and suggested he re-book his scan at a time when he felt safe to come into the MRI suite unarmed.)

      • The technician undoubtedly saw the stick and thought some body part was protruding about which he was uncomfortable to ask.

    • He was obviously already screened…..he had his gown, and he was hiding the metal under his gown, obviously knowing he was doing something wrong! If he was innocent, there’d be no need to hide anything….and I would bet his Mom knew what he was doing because he’s a minor….she or his Dad would have to have been there! They maybe aided in the prank!

  5. To all previous commenters:

    Wow…apparently people don’t know the meaning of satire. You all realize this story isn’t real, right? Hell West Caledonia isn’t even a real place. In fact, brace yourselves, NONE of the stories on here are real!

    I hope none of you actually work in health care, because common sense is important, and you all seem to lack it.

    • One look at the picture itself should have told them it’s not real. The picture screams PHOTO SHOPPED!! Oh. My. God…

    • Zachary: Look dude, there’s a photo with the actual MRI machine, with the actual selfie stick adhered to the inside of the machine! Why would anyone fake that with such a super expensive machine?! You’re the one lacking common sense….Look up the price of an MRI machine before you decide idiots would play games with one! 😱

      • Actually, there’s a picture of an MRI machine with what appears to be a selfie stick photoshopped in.

        That being said, let’s assume it’s a real picture. What you seems to be forgetting is the pull of the magnet is proportional to how much magnetic material it’s pulling on. At the very most, maybe we’ve got a few steel screws in that thing, but for the most part selfie sticks are made of plastic to be lightweight. Maybe some fancy ones are aluminum, which is non-magnetic.

        The only way that selfie stick in the photo would be pulled in with such force that it wouldn’t be able to be removed by hand, would be if it was made of solid chromed steel, and that’s just getting into very silly territory. ( see:

        I’ve worked in MR imaging for over 6 years now and seen plenty of small objects get sucked in to the magnet. Most are fairly easily removable by hand, even on the 3T magnets, because few small objects are made of highly magnetic materials. Hell I even had a small pocketknife in there once, which WAS mostly steel, and sure it took some real effort but it got yanked out of there by hand.

        My point is, again, common sense is an important asset. Please develop yours, for your patient’s sake.

      • You’re full of it Zachary! It looks metal to me! And why the concern for magnetic implants, if there wasn’t concern for small magnetic objects?? Why the need to create a hoax, just for the fun of it? Seems stupid to me! Get a grip!

      • Not all that glitters is gold. Plastic can be shiny, too.

        Also: The image is very likely photoshopped. Take a close look at the stick.
        Also: This is a satirical website. All the stories are made up. Hell one of them is “Patient with Dementia Supervises Hernia Repair”. Do you believe that’s true, too?

        We are concerned with metal for three reasons: 1) Sensitive and/or lifesaving implants, like a pacemaker, can be damaged by the powerful magnetic field. 2) implants very close to the surface of the body, such as piercings, have the potential to heat up. I myself have never seen a person burned by a piercing, however. Typically patients can also keep their wedding/anniversary bands on since so many people can’t easily get them off, and they are no worse for wear afterwards (I should say however, while gold is perfectly ok, silver is not so much). 3) any metal near the area of imaging causes artifacts ( defects ) in the image, specifically big black voids. We can remedy some of the effect by doing things like fiddling with receiver bandwidth, but for the most part metal can ruin images (there’s no point in scanning a hip on someone with a hip replacement, for example. Not going to see much in that area). Look up ‘MRI magnetic susceptibility’ on google images and you’ll see what I mean.

        But finally to respond to your questions: “Why the need to create a hoax, just for the fun of it? Seems stupid to me! ”

        Well, one again, we come to the crux of the issue: It’s a satirical website. They make up funny stories for laughs, but which have some grounding in reality. Yes, patients have brought things into MRI rooms before, and it has been annoying for techs and embarrassing for patients. But if a line like ““It was like some magical force pulled the stick across the room Harry Potter-style. I don’t know how it did that!” ” doesn’t immediately tip you off that the specific event in question isn’t actually real…well, what can I say.

        Allow me to introduce you to The Onion, America’s finest news source (it even says so on their webpage!)

    • Zachary, it’s good to know that we have someone here that’s so much smarter than the rest of us in health care. For those of us that don’t actually work in the MRI dept it seemed like a legit story. Bet I could fool your “common sense” with stories and pictures of ventilators, though, lol.

  6. Dont understand why donut had to be de- ramped…just slide phone to the edge and pull it off, done it before with phones….they are knackered afterwards thou….

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  8. Or, before getting bent out of shape over a story that seems ridiculous, you could check the source and realize that it is, in fact, ridiculous.
    (not a medical person but realized that the photo was fake)

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