Fire crew called to hospital to remove facial piercings from patient

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A hospital patient had to have his body piercings removed by firefighters before having an MRI scan.

A crew from Cosham Fire Station were called to the Queen Alexandra Hospital this morning after staff were unable to remove a tongue and eyebrow stud from the patient.

A station spokesman said although the hospital did have tools to remove piercings before scans, the studs had ‘seized’ in over time so the fire service was needed.

Because of strong magnets used in the operation, MRI scans are not suitable when people have metal fragments or implants.