A Tucson woman is suing a local physicians group, claiming a piece of medical equipment pulled out her hair and could have crushed her head.

The woman claims that while she was getting a myocardial perfusion imaging test at the Tucson Heart Center on March 2  when the machine pulled out a, “substantial hank of her hair, eventually pulling it out by the roots while pulling her head into position to be crushed,” the lawsuit filed last month in Pima County Superior Court states.

Pima Heart Physicians denies the accusations and says it met the standard of care in their treatment of the woman, whose test proceeded as normal following the incident.

The woman, represented by local attorney Larry Berlin, names Pima Heart Physicians, which owns the Tucson Heart Center, as a defendant. She is seeking an unspecified amount of damages.

The lawsuit says additional defendants might be added to the case, including businesses responsible for the product’s design, manufacture, maintenance and sales.

Berlin said she is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder because of what happened and still has bald spots.

When a patient undergoes myocardial perfusion imaging, they typically lie flat on a bed while images of the heart are recorded. The table can be raised or lowered by the technician operating it.

Senior Editor, News, Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Az.