Female Arizona inmate is left with horrific burns after technician told her prison guard not to remove the metal shackles around her waist – causing her to be SUCKED into the MRI machine

A female Arizona inmate was left with excruciating burns after she was sucked into an MRI machine when a technician told the prison guard to not remove the metal shackles on her waist. 

In the horrifying incident, Lacey Windust, 38, was at a SimonMed Imaging Center in Avondale when a technician told the guard to not remove the shackles from her waist, causing her to fly towards the MRI machine and get stuck in the hole. 

The incident took place in May 2022 but photos have only recently been released, showing the extent of Windust’s injuries. 

The images showed a deep cut on her hand that required stitches, bruises, and imprints from where the metal shackles pulled on her body. 

Windust, who has been in prison for forgery since 2012 and is currently at the Arizona State Prison Complex in Perryville, described the pain as ‘being cut into half’ to her sister in a letter. 

MRIs, which stands for Magnetic Reasoning Images, use strong magnetic fields, magnetic field gradients and radio waves to generate images of the organs in the body. They are known to be 30,000 times stronger than the Earth’s magnetic field. 

Lacey Windust, 38, was at a SimonMed Imaging Center when a technician told the guard to not remove the shackles, causing her to fly towards the MRI machine and get stuck in the hole

Lacey Windust, 38, was at a SimonMed Imaging Center when a technician told the guard to not remove the shackles, causing her to fly towards the MRI machine and get stuck in the hole

She wrote: ‘As I walked closer to the machine about three to four feet away … the magnet flew me off my feet up into the air and threw me into the machine, up in the circular hole.’ 

In a separate report, the prison guard wrote that the SimonMed tech asked him to go in and help Lacey after she was sucked in, but he too ended up stuck to the MRI machine because of his gun. 

Windust, who has been in prison for forgery since 2012 and is currently at the Arizona State Prison Complex in Perryville described the pain as ‘being cut into half’ to her sister in a letter

The images showed a deep cut on her hand that required stitches, bruises, and imprints from where the metal shackles pulled on her body

The images showed a deep cut on her hand that required stitches, bruises, and imprints from where the metal shackles pulled on her body

It is not known whether the guard sustained any injuries and why Windust was getting an MRI scan

It is not known whether the guard sustained any injuries and why Windust was getting an MRI scan

It is not known whether the guard sustained any injuries and why Windust was getting an MRI scan. 

Prison records show that the guard removed Windust’s leg shackles, asked the technician whether they should remove her waist shackles to which he replied, ‘No. They should be fine’.  

MRI safety expert Tobias Gilk, who is familiar with the records in this case said: ‘We have two people trapped and injured because of failure to effectively screen or control access to this area.’

‘The problem is that there are so few regulations or standards with respect to what constitutes minimum appropriate training in an MRI provider.

‘From a regulatory standpoint, MRI safety is really the wild, wild west. So, I would ask who are they regulated by?

‘I would describe it as a pretty catastrophic failure. All these things suggest that best practices were not followed,’ said Gilk.

The incident took place in May 2022 but only recently pictures of how severe Windust's injuries were have been released

The incident took place in May 2022 but only recently pictures of how severe Windust’s injuries were have been released

She wrote: 'As I walked closer to the machine about three to four feet away ¿ the magnet flew me off my feet up into the air and threw me into the machine, up in the circular hole'

She wrote: ‘As I walked closer to the machine about three to four feet away … the magnet flew me off my feet up into the air and threw me into the machine, up in the circular hole’

The lab's own incident report stated that the employees stood by for the lead engineer, who had advised them to wait until he got on scene

The lab’s own incident report stated that the employees stood by for the lead engineer, who had advised them to wait until he got on scene

ABC15 was able to investigate the reason why state regulators were unable to investigate or take enforcement action. 

Many SimonMed locations, including the one where the accident took place, are not currently licensed or regulated by the state health department due to an exemption. 

The Arizona Department of Health Services regulates and licenses imaging centers, but records show SimonMed, one of the largest imaging centers in the country, is not registered with them.

The lab classifies itself as a private provider and according to ADHS’s website, private providers are only exempt from licensing if they are owned by a doctor or doctors who are treating patients at the clinic. 

This was why an entire year went by before any investigation could be done into how and why the accident took place.  

The channel also discovered that even though Windust and the guard kept yelling for help, several minutes went by before anyone hit the emergency shutoff button. 

The lab’s own incident report stated that the employees stood by for the lead engineer, who had advised them to wait until he got on scene. 

The Arizona Department of Corrections confirmed the incident but shifted the blame at the lab.

‘This secondary medical situation, and resulting injuries, were caused by errors made by the staff at the imaging lab,’ the agency said in a statement.

The channel also discovered that even though Windust and the guard kept yelling for help, several minutes went by before anyone hit the emergency shutoff button.

The channel also discovered that even though Windust and the guard kept yelling for help, several minutes went by before anyone hit the emergency shutoff button.

The Arizona Department of Health Services regulates and licenses imaging centers, but records show SimonMed, one of the largest imaging centers in the country, is not registered with them

The Arizona Department of Health Services regulates and licenses imaging centers, but records show SimonMed, one of the largest imaging centers in the country, is not registered with them

The lab classifies itself as a private provider and according to ADHS¿s website, private providers are only exempt from licensing if they are owned by a doctor or doctors who are treating patients at the clinic

The lab classifies itself as a private provider and according to ADHS’s website, private providers are only exempt from licensing if they are owned by a doctor or doctors who are treating patients at the clinic

SimonMed operates more than 60 imaging centers across Arizona but a search for its license on the health department’s website showed ‘no records.’ 

After the incident, ADHS has begun reviewing the ‘reasons’ for the lab’s exemption from registering. 

Regarding the accident, SimonMed told ABC15: ‘Any incidents that occur are fully investigated and all such incidents are reported to the appropriate regulatory agencies and accrediting bodies, consistent with the obligations imposed under HIPAA and other state and federal laws and regulations.’

Gilk explained MRI best practices include screening patients for metal before they ever step foot into an MRI room as MRI machines act as very strong magnets.

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