oa Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia - Letter to the editor
The requirement for anaesthesia services in the MRI suite are increasing, and require that the anaesthetic equipment is adequate to ensure patient safety, is MRI compatible, and has a negligible effect on image quality. The pilot balloon valve of a conventional endotracheal tube (ETT), and the pilot balloon springs of oral RAE tubes and some laryngeal mask airways have been implicated in MRI degradation. A twenty-five-year old male patient was operated on for haemoperitoneum. Intra-operatively, the surgeons were unable to locate and control the bleeding. They therefore closed the abdomen after packing the abdominal cavity.
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