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    MRI and Metal

    Posted by John Holden on Sun, Dec 28, 2008
      
      
      
      
      
      

    AnvilMRI machines use a magnetic field to create images of the inside of your body. As these magnets are very powerful, they will attract metallic objects. As part of the preparation and screening for an MRI scan, the Radiology staff at the clinic or hospital will ask you about metal in your body.

    Orthopedic hardware such as spinal rods, joint replacements and plates for fractures are safe. Braces and dental fillings are safe as well. That is, they won't move or "fly out of your body." Keep in mind that the MRI will slightly heat these up and you may feel a warm or tingling sensation.

    Metal does interefere with the quality of the scan, particulary if the body part being scanned is near or has these metallic objects in it. So if you have braces and a need a Brain MRI, image quality will suffer.

    If you have a pacemaker or medication pump the MRI can interefere with its normal function. It is not safe to go into the MRI scan room if you have either or both of these. You should inform your doctor and the Radiology staff.

    Newer brain aneurysm clips are safe to go into the MRI machine but you should check with your doctor. It helps to have the name and type of clip that was placed. You can give this information to the Radiology center and they will look up to see if your aneurysm clip is safe for MRI.

    If you use an oxygen tank or are in a wheelchair, you should inform the Radiology staff in advance. These should not go into the scan room. The facilty will have metal free wheelchairs and extension tubing for your oxygen tank.

    If you have worked with metal in the past you should inform your doctor and the Radiology facility. Tiny metal shavings may be in your eyes.  These shavings can move when exposed to an MRI machine's magnetic field, potentially damaging your vision. You will need an x-ray of your eyes (orbits) to look for metal before your MRI scan.

    These will be damaged by the magnetic field of an MRI scanner:

    • Cell phones
    • iPods
    • Credit cards
    • Pacemakers
    • Medication pumps

    You should remove these items as they could fly into the MRI scanner and injure you or the technologist:

    If you have the following you should not go into an MRI scan room:

    • Cardiac pacemaker
    • Medication pump
    • Metal in eyes
    Remember, inform your doctor and the Radiology staff if you have any metal in your body. Our list is not comprehensive. Suggestions are welcome to help expand it. Please leave your comments below.

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    COMMENTS

    I was trying to find out what side affect you would have if you left your ring on during a MRI if any or what should I be looking for.

    posted @ Thursday, August 13, 2009 7:56 AM by Jay Mc Guigan


    Hi Jay, 
     
    It depends on what the ring is made of. To be safe you should remove any and all metal from your body before getting into an MRI room. The magnet can heat up metal and pull it into the magnet. Be safe!

    posted @ Thursday, August 13, 2009 12:16 PM by Ravi Sohal


    I had spinal fusion surgery in 1974,3screws were used in this surgery,they are the only implants I have. These screws are magnetic, proven by placing a magnet over the area and it stays in place. I have been told by some doctors that I can have an mri and others disagree,saying it could be very harmful. Any advice would be apprieciated. Thank-you.

    posted @ Monday, October 05, 2009 12:43 PM by James


    I had an MRI done yesterday, 10/14/09, and I didn't remember that I had a belt on until after the MRI. My are was really hurting me during the test and I felt very hot. Will the test still come out?

    posted @ Thursday, October 15, 2009 6:20 AM by Jason Burton


    Hi, I have a hair extension and I will need to do Pet scan tomorrow. My hair extension is using a very small metal ring to clip connect the hair. Will it be ok for Pet scan? or shall I remove it?  
    Thanks

    posted @ Sunday, January 10, 2010 9:26 AM by Julia Ambarsari


    I have been waiting for you to respond to my question about old stainless screws used for spinal fusion in the early 1970s, as spelled out in my post of oct5/09.You have stated that metal implants are not a problem in the MRI, however you did not specify about the age of said implants. New implants are not magnetic the old one's are. I am told that they can be very dangerous to the patient in the MRI enviroment.

    posted @ Wednesday, January 27, 2010 5:50 PM by james


    Hi James, 
     
    It really depends on the type of implant you had and there are hundreds. Do you have access to the surgical report? The report should contain the name/manufacturer/model of the screws. If you have this data you can contact a local imaging center and they can look it up in a book that lists both safe and unsafe metal implants. If you don't have the information the next step would be to discuss the risks with your doctor and the Radiologist. You may have the option of having a CT scan or a CT myelogram (direct injection of dye into your spine) if your metal implants are not compatible with an MRI. Good luck and thanks for reposting!

    posted @ Wednesday, January 27, 2010 9:29 PM by Ravi Sohal


    Hi, I have plate on the ulna bone and know have ulna nerve pain. I was wondering if I can have a MRI or CT on it.

    posted @ Sunday, February 21, 2010 7:23 PM by corrie


    Hi there, I have a quick question. My mom had surgery for a brain aneurysm in 1994. The Neuro Surgeon used metal clips for her repair. She is wanting to do some traveling by air this summer and my concern is that since she isn't supposed to have an MRI, are the security scanners at the airport going to affect her clips in anyway, and will those types of clips cause the metal scanners to be set off when she passes through? Thanks for your answers!!

    posted @ Monday, March 01, 2010 9:47 PM by Brian Abernathy


    I have 4 cables made of cobalt chrome chrome/alloy in a hip revision done in 2002. Wondering if this metal is MRI comaptible.

    posted @ Thursday, April 01, 2010 3:33 PM by Carol


    Hello, this question may sound rediculous, but it has be greatly concerned. Today I had an MRI done of my brain and neck. During the exam I felt this pulling/tugging sensation along my left abdominal region. I felt as if I was a fish on a line. It was not terrible pain, just uncomfortable, and left me feeling as if a piece of my stomach was being ripped out. I later asked about the feeling, and the tech, asked me if I had any recent abdominal surgery, which I had several in the last year. He then asked if there were any remaining "metal pieces" within my body? I had never been informed of such a thing, but the man indicated that people who have had surgical metal implated within their body have claimed to experience similar things during the MRI. Have you ever heard of such a thing? Do you have any advice in which to follow up with this? Thank you for your time.

    posted @ Tuesday, May 25, 2010 7:33 PM by Angela


    Angela, 
     
    Yes, if you have metal clips in your abdomen or in the skin you may feel a tugging/warm sensation while have an MRI. Also, some people report feeling twitches or tingling - this is caused by stimulation of nerves by the magnetic field.  
     
    One way to sort this out is to report it to your doctor and he/she may get an x-ray of your abdomen to look for metallic clips or other metal objects.

    posted @ Tuesday, May 25, 2010 8:38 PM by Ravi Sohal


    Are all ureteral stents MRI-safe? I did check in the internet that there are polyurethane stents, silicone stents,Flexima ureteral stents , ultrathane Amplantz ureteral stents,polyurethane-latex stent (which has hydrophilic coating and metal markers). A person's surgery is "cystoscopy with stents" but it did not specify if what kind of stent. Hopeful that u'll answer my questions.Thank u so much!

    posted @ Monday, June 07, 2010 3:54 PM by Don


    Don, 
     
    Nearly all ureteral stents are safe for MRI. However, there are few that are considered "conditional for MRI." This means they are subject to certain MRI restrictions (such as a not to exceed magnet field strength). In order to be absolutely sure you'll need to have the name of the stent and manufacturer and share that with the MRI facility.

    posted @ Monday, June 07, 2010 5:45 PM by Ravi Sohal


    I hair hair extensions and they are attached with small metal clips they are not easily removeable will this have any effect on my MRI?

    posted @ Tuesday, June 29, 2010 5:24 AM by Laura Fortin


    Hi. My grandmother had a brain anuerysm many years ago. They inserted a metal coil and my mother was advised to tell all future doctors that she is not to ever have an MRI under any circumstances. My grandmother recently took a hard fall and has multiple injuries. They talked with my mother about an MRI and my mother gave them the information that was given to her by the doctor who had inserted the coil many years ago. They sadi they would investigate and see if it had been long enough to do the MRI. Days later, the procedure was done. My grandmother cannot speak at all now. They were going to do another MRI but suspiciously decided against it and cannot find record of the first one performed. Could her speech have been affected by this MRI? Thank you so much for any help.

    posted @ Friday, July 02, 2010 7:36 PM by Amy


    Hi Amy, 
     
    Nearly all new aneurysm coils are MRI safe. However,some older coils can move if subjected to a strong magnetic field. Can you find out if they were able to get the exact name of the manufacturer of the coil and look that up in an MRI safety handbook?

    posted @ Friday, July 02, 2010 8:03 PM by Ravi Sohal


    My wife went to a neurologist for a CAT scan due to a metallic shunt she had for over 9 years. The neurologist gave her an MRI that afternoon and sent home. The following morning, she was in a coma-like state with swelling in her head and rushed to the hospital. Later it turned out that the metallic shunt had cracked open and failed to operate. Could the MRI have caused this?

    posted @ Tuesday, July 13, 2010 5:36 PM by Mike Dismuke


    Mike, 
     
    Nearly all shunts are MRI safe. Many patients have MRIs after shunt placement. However, it ultimately depends on the exact model/make and then looking that up in a MRI safety handbook.

    posted @ Tuesday, July 13, 2010 7:59 PM by Ravi Sohal


    My husband it getting a Open MRI of his back. I made the appointment. I knew he would need an orbit xray. He later told me about 12-15 years ago and peice of a hammer embedded itself into his bone of the forearm. Should he have an xray to confirm and is there a certain time when it no longer a concern.

    posted @ Tuesday, August 17, 2010 6:30 PM by Darlene Rowe


    Hello~ I'm getting an MRI test for my knee next week but I just got my ears pierced so I can't take them out yet...is there a way that I can still safely take the MRI without removing my earrings? Or do I have to delay my MRI? Thanks!

    posted @ Friday, September 03, 2010 2:52 PM by Kel


    Kel 
     
    If you're sure that the earrings don't have iron in them they should be safe. But double check with the imaging center. They may want to wait until you're able to take out the earrings.

    posted @ Saturday, September 04, 2010 5:52 AM by Ravi Sohal


    Our daughter had a shunt placed in her head April 1980 and still has original shunt. We were recently told that her shunt appears to have some metal on it. Can she have an MRI and if not, why?

    posted @ Tuesday, September 28, 2010 2:40 PM by Sandy


    Sandy, 
     
    Metal moves and heats up in the MRI. So there is the potential risk of dislodging the shunt. If you have the manufacturer name and model number (should be entered or pasted into your daughter's medical record), the imaging center should be able to look up and see if that particular shunt is MRI safe or not.

    posted @ Wednesday, September 29, 2010 12:16 PM by Ravi Sohal


    Hi, 
     
    I have my belly button pierced and 2 cartilage piercings and I can't take them out. I may be getting an MRI on my knee, and I don't want my eating holes to close up. I know my jewelry is made of titanium, so will that make it heat up? Will it pull out my belly button piercing?

    posted @ Tuesday, October 19, 2010 6:07 AM by Laura


    have a small metal fragment under my eye. not in the eye, but in the lid, about .25 inches from the eye. eye doctor says no problem, mri techs wont do it. who's right ???

    posted @ Monday, October 25, 2010 1:47 PM by Cam


    Cam, 
     
    There is a small but real risk of that small metal fragment moving into your eye.

    posted @ Tuesday, October 26, 2010 10:36 AM by Ravi Sohal


    I had an MRI 3 weeks ago. I have a plate in my left leg. Everyone said it was ok for MRI. I have had heat coming from that leg since that day. I started shaking my leg only in the MRI. Now 3 weeks later I have a red rash on that leg. I can not help but wonder if it is a response to the MRI

    posted @ Monday, November 01, 2010 12:13 PM by Joanna


    I had a left temporal lobectomy about 15 years ago and was told that I had some titanium plates inserted. I am now a healthcare worker myself and often need to transfer patients to and from scans. Am I ok to go to MRI scans?

    posted @ Tuesday, November 30, 2010 8:45 AM by Ashley Law


    4 years ago I had a laminectomy and 2 metal screws were implanted. I now have pain in my sciatic nerve and need an MRI to find out what is causing this. The report said Seer X1A instrumentation was used - what is that and is it safe to have the MRI?

    posted @ Wednesday, December 01, 2010 3:47 PM by JOAN BRYAN


    Ashley, 
     
    You should be safe to walk into the MRI scan room.

    posted @ Thursday, December 02, 2010 3:01 PM by Ravi Sohal


    Joan, 
     
    If you are going to have an MRI make sure you let the facility/hospital know. They can look up and see whether or not your metal implants are safe.

    posted @ Thursday, December 02, 2010 3:02 PM by Ravi Sohal


    I had an Mri on my Knee last week.I had on a belt and gold ear rings an a gold necklest and wedding rings plus i had on a metal 4 in belt buckle. I as the tec if i should take them off. He said no it wasn't necessary since i was only have my left knee done. 
     
    During the procedure i felt the belt buckle over my belly vibratins up and down as if someone was pumping it really fast with there two fingers. I told the tech he said that it was nothing to be concerned about. The balance of the week until today included i have been feeling sick to my stomach. a slightly nauseous feeling that doesn't go away. Could my stomach have been damaged in someway by this mri.

    posted @ Saturday, December 11, 2010 10:49 PM by sjw


    The last time I had a Head MRI there was artifact. Can this be caused by a hair system (wig covering a portion of the head) that has a polyurethane base? I've always kept it on before without any problem. Thanks for any information

    posted @ Sunday, December 12, 2010 3:29 PM by Jules


    Had a hemmatoma fixed on my scalp with some kind of staple gun also had clips put in breast to flag lumps.Told I should have MRI on head re hearing loss,will this be safe?Thank you

    posted @ Saturday, January 08, 2011 3:56 PM by inge


    What can I do to reverse the side effect. I had an MRI done in my knee 2 weeks ago. Since I have been in severe pain shooting from my knee to my feet ever since. The technican told me I didn't have to remove my belt with a metal buckle or take of my jeans with metal zipper or my wedding ring. If this cost the damage can it be reversed? How? Do ION products help?

    posted @ Thursday, March 10, 2011 9:50 AM by Jan


    after haveing a mri on my neck ( i wore two rings) i staeted having sharp nerve pain in my legs then my left leg would go numb. every day i have pain in my legs and i cant stand more than 15mins and my leg goes numb, and now my neck and face. is this a side effect???????????

    posted @ Saturday, March 12, 2011 8:55 AM by Amanda


    my 32 yr old daughter had a shunt placed at birth for hydrocephalas. The shunt does no longer function but she is having severe headaches. 
     
    She has had 3 CAT scans that show possible metal on the shunt. The neuosurgeon wants to do a MRI but the radiologist refuse to do one because of the possible metal. Her surgery record of 32 years ago have been purged so there is no record of the type of shunt used. Should I go along with whichever Dr. wins this argument?

    posted @ Friday, April 08, 2011 9:51 PM by Mary


    I recently had an MRI scan done on my left elbow and forearm. I had indicated to the radiographer that in 1989 I had a large metal plate and screws inserted within my left upper arm during surgery after a car accident. The Radiographer said it should not be a problem. About ten minutes into the scan I felt a strange sensation in my upper arm, my left hand went completely numb and my whole arm felt very hot and swollen, I immediately stopped the scan and was told it was probably the plate that had heated up during the scan. It took around 20 minutes to get normal feeling back in my hand. It is now nearly a week since the scan and my arm still feels not 100% and when I awake my whole arm is very stiff and my hand is numb. I am hoping there is no permanent damage, what are your views on this?

    posted @ Monday, May 02, 2011 9:26 AM by Anthony Smith


    Am due to get a Lumber M.R.I bit i have 4 Titanium earings in my belly and also Mico-Gems (Diamond Implants) obviously i can't remove these, but the implant metal is the same plates the hospital use. will i be ok to go ahead with the M.R.I? Thanx

    posted @ Friday, May 06, 2011 7:43 AM by dimpz


    I just had this done and did not really think about the clips being Metal! I am a CCRN. I need the answer as I am not going anywhere near the area at this time. Please respond. Debbie 
     

    posted @ Tuesday, May 10, 2011 12:10 PM by Hair Fusion is it safe or not to go in for an M.R.I.


    My husband attempted to have MRI today. Just when the test was starting, the tech saw a piece of metal in his leg. We did not nor my dr noticed a fragment in his leg when he had an x-ray previously. However, my husband did have a full body MRI earlier in the year! Just wondering if he could have damage from the original MRI?

    posted @ Wednesday, May 11, 2011 7:10 PM by Karen


    Hi Karen, 
     
    Did your husband feel any warmth or tingling in the leg during the MRI? If so that was probably the metal fragment. It might be so small that it wasn't picked up on the xray. MRI is very sensitive to metal - even small metal shavings will show up.

    posted @ Friday, May 13, 2011 10:53 PM by Ravi Sohal


    Hi, I will be having an MRI Scan on Wednesday and I kind of concern because I have a Cooper IUD . Do you think this will cause me any type of problem?

    posted @ Tuesday, May 24, 2011 2:13 AM by Lorin


    Hello, 
     
    I had a CT scan done earlier this week and had a wig on. Although there were not bobby pins or hairpins in, when I got home and took off my wig, I noticed that there was some sort of gold-like weaving all throughout the wig. Before the procedure, the CT tech said that I had bobby pins in, but I told her I didn't because I didn't, but I wonder if what she could have seen could have been the gold-like lining in the wig. She didn't have me remove the wign and I had the CT done with it on. I have read that some wigs have metal in them, and now I am very scared I have exposed myself. What is the damage that I could have done to myself by wearing the wig? I have had some stinging behind my ears off and on ever since I had the CT scan (that started the day of CT scan after I had the procedure), and my head has been feeling heavy as well. I'm very concerned. I have tried to contact the wig manufacturer to find out if there is metal in the wig, but they really cannot tell me. Also, since I still have the wig, could it be emitting some sort of radiation if it did have metal in it? I don't want to expose others, and wonder if I should dispose or store the wig in a particular manner. Thanks.

    posted @ Sunday, May 29, 2011 12:01 PM by RD


    my friend needs to do a head CT Scan but she wears a wig which is kept attached to the head with a sort of surgical adheseve. Will this interefere with her result? does she need to take it off?

    posted @ Sunday, May 29, 2011 3:59 PM by suzi


    I recently had an MRI on both of my knees, it took about an hour. I realized after my test that I had an underwire bra on. Will this cause a problem for me? Is their anything I should do? 
     
    Thank you for your time, 
    Jenn

    posted @ Friday, June 03, 2011 6:43 AM by Jenn


    I am due for an MRI in a weeks time but I have a metal plate and screws in my neck not sure what type of metal it is will there be any problems ?

    posted @ Tuesday, June 28, 2011 4:08 AM by David Edwards


    Due to a brain aneursym in 2003 I have 3 Yasargil clips. Would it be safe for me to have a MRI? I'm being scheduled for MRI due to back problem. Please let me know as soon as possible.

    posted @ Wednesday, July 06, 2011 8:04 AM by Cathie


    I have a question my mother recently was operated because she had a tumor inside her chest after the operation instead of sewing the opening the stapled it so is it dangerous for her to have a cat scan if she has staples on her? please answer

    posted @ Saturday, July 16, 2011 11:51 PM by roxana


    i had a mri done on my brain, i told them i was wearing a underwire bra and they said it would be fine since it was just on my brain.could this have harmed my body in any way? my upper stomach has been burning badly since and i cant hardly wear my underwire bras due to the tenderness of my skin.. they also had my purse in the room with my phone in it and it damaged my phone. is it true it done no harm to my body since scan was on brain and bra was on body or are they just tring to cover their error?

    posted @ Thursday, August 04, 2011 2:20 PM by sherry ward


    I just had an mri of my neck and back after an auto accident. I removed all metal until I felt my ring heat up I rang the bell and informed the tech. that I had left my wedding rings on - he said it would be fine...I was really uncomfortable with that but he said, he knew his business and I would be fine now I wonder...Any ideas if this caused damage

    posted @ Tuesday, August 09, 2011 10:00 AM by susan


    My husband has a small piece of metal(less than 1/4 inch) in his arm from 20yrs ago. The injury caused him to bleed, so he had to have an artery repaired, but they didn't take the metal out. Is it safe for him to have an MRI of his abdomen?

    posted @ Tuesday, October 11, 2011 1:35 PM by lacey


    I just had an MRI of the brain and forgot to take off my bra. It's not underwire just the clips in the back are metal will this affect the MRI?

    posted @ Sunday, October 16, 2011 6:49 AM by Mia


    Hi, 
     
    I just got my belly button pierced a few days ago and i need to go in for a MRI in a few days. I cant take my piercing out but its made of surgical steel so i was wondering if it was alright to leave in? The MRI is on my back.

    posted @ Sunday, October 23, 2011 11:33 PM by Alyssa


    had laproscopic cholecystectomy in 1996 with metal clips. Now I am asked to do MRA and MRI of the brain and Neck. Is it safe to do the tests?

    posted @ Wednesday, October 26, 2011 3:54 PM by zubeida mukri


    Hi I got an MRI on Friday Oct 21st 2011 a little over a week ago for my brain. While I was in the MRI Scan the top of my head started to heat up. I pushed the button and they took me out. They said it was a long series and my hair was damp and thay might be why and put me back in. After another 20min I felt the burning again but at that point I was done. Since then I have felt a very strange tingle sensation on the top of my head and my scalp feels sore. I thought they burnt me but there was just a bit of pink on the top of my scalp. I also have to herington rods in my back from scoliosis surgery I had 20 years ago and the doctors said I would not have a problem

    posted @ Saturday, October 29, 2011 6:27 PM by Melissa Nisivoccia


    50 yrs. ago, my brother accidentally shot me in the hip with a bb gun. 
    It healed and the bb was not removed by the dr. About 40 yrs. ago, during a routine low back xray after a fall, the dr. said that a bb showed up. He said too much trouble to remove it. Is it safe for me to have an mri of my upper back now since the bb is still in my body ?

    posted @ Friday, November 11, 2011 9:04 AM by Joanniel


    About 2 weeks ago I had a CT scan of my pelvic area. I was told to remove everything except underwear. During the test the tech discovered I was wearing an underwire bra. She had akready scanned me. I have some skin irritation and pain under my breast. What side effecrs occur after this procedure

    posted @ Thursday, November 17, 2011 2:32 AM by Rebecca


    I am a 68 year old female who wears a full wig always due to the fact that I have lost most of my hair. Can I wear the wig while I have an MRI of my brain.

    posted @ Monday, November 28, 2011 8:24 PM by Elaine


    I had a breast MRI 5days ago. The tech and I forgot that the locker key was left in the pocket of my gown on my right side over my hip. The next day I started to feel pain in my hip, it worsened, I still can't walk more than a minute without severe pain. I am going for a cortisone injection per my orthopedist who said it is arthritis (?) Could the key have done this? Is it coincidental? Why in God's name do they use keys for lockers in such an area!!!!

    posted @ Saturday, December 17, 2011 5:31 AM by ann giordano


    Can I wear a wig without any hair clips, or bobby pins or any metal combs that I know about while getting mr1 of my shoulder?

    posted @ Friday, January 13, 2012 4:07 PM by Julie Samuelson


    My friend needs to get an MRI because of a growth in her cheek. She recently had hair extensions that are held in place by small metal clips. Does she have to remove them? Is it dangerous? Will it effect the results?

    posted @ Wednesday, January 18, 2012 12:42 AM by kare


    if you have titanium in my back from back surgery can i still go in into the cat scan?

    posted @ Thursday, February 02, 2012 7:48 PM by gustavo


    I had a steronotomy closure in 1981 and I need an MRI on my thoracic area. Will this be safe?

    posted @ Monday, February 20, 2012 5:13 PM by Carla


    I am concerned regarding my forthcoming MRI scan as i have discovered that there is in excess of 30 metal surgical clips that were placed in my lower abdomen during my hysterectomy operation. It is unclear whether these clips are stainless steel or titanium. I need to know if the consistency of 
    these clips are a problem regarding MRI scans. Thank you.

    posted @ Tuesday, February 28, 2012 10:28 AM by Mrs M lacey


    I had two cranial aneurysms clipped about 23 years ago. I've been having an off-and-on slight pain in the back of my head and I'm worried I may have another aneursym. Since I cannot have an MRI because the clips are metal, what test could be administered?

    posted @ Wednesday, February 29, 2012 10:26 AM by Kathleen


    I had surgical staples in 1969. I was cleared for spinal MRI and felt heat in area of staples. Two days later I have an uncomfortable feeling there. Please advise. Thank you

    posted @ Saturday, March 10, 2012 3:50 PM by Diane


    I'm due to have a MRI scan on my wrist but i have a dermal piercing that is in the skin (surgical steel)...... Will it effect my scan? Thank you :)

    posted @ Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:10 AM by Rachel


    I had a lamenectomy 15 years ago and a metal plate and screws put in. I'm seeing a new pain dr. and he wants me to have an MRI done. I have no idea what the plate and screws or made of and am a little leery about getting this done. Any advice?

    posted @ Thursday, March 15, 2012 10:04 PM by Sue


    Hi Ravi, 
     
     
     
    I was wondering if you can help me? I have a PET scan today of abdomen and just realise I forgot to take off my silver bracelet, will this be a problem or cause any harm? 
     
     
     
    Thanks in advance

    posted @ Thursday, April 19, 2012 10:32 AM by Steph


    Hi: 
     
     
     
    I have a piece of a pencil eraser that got stuck in my ear about 25yrs ago? Can I have an MRI?  
     
     
     
    Thanks in advance

    posted @ Thursday, April 19, 2012 11:04 AM by Rob B


    I'm having an MRE tomorrow for my lower back pain. I have 54 Brachytherapy seeds in my Prostate, should I be concerned about the seeds.

    posted @ Sunday, April 29, 2012 3:25 PM by Fred


    Hi, I have a piercing and the jewelry is made out of just titanium. Would this affect a CT scan?

    posted @ Monday, May 14, 2012 5:59 AM by Judy C


    hi could you help me please yesterday i had mammogram and i forget to take my belly percing out c this do me any hamrful am scare of what c hapen thanks.

    posted @ Thursday, May 17, 2012 12:01 AM by laura


    hi 
     
    last year i have a brain mri nd i forget to remove my undergarments with it i have hokes of metal now i want to know that are thats give any harm to me nd it is dangures for me.

    posted @ Friday, June 08, 2012 12:46 AM by jni


    I had a chest x ray done a couple months ago. I keep my cell phone in my bra. It accidentally stuck to my breast and i did not feel it. they took 3 views. Now I am experiencing pain in that breast. What kind of damage my have been caused by having xray with phonen stuck to skin? view was front and right side. cell on left side.

    posted @ Friday, June 08, 2012 9:06 PM by Denise


    Hi, I just came back from an MRI scan on my pelvic area, and realised after the scan I was still wearing my underwired bra. Will this have any side affects on me, or the results? I have a slightly tight chest following the scan but I'm not sure if this is me being a hyper-chondriac.

    posted @ Tuesday, June 12, 2012 4:45 AM by Jenny Milne


    Last February i was diagnosed with PFS on my left knee and had surgery to realign my knee with pins and screws. This year I am having the same complications but in my right knee. Will I be able to have a MRI on my right knee, if my left has metal in it?

    posted @ Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:43 PM by Liz


    i just had my mri today for lower back i took off everything metal apart from my ring as i forgot i had it lol i have been wearing so long i dont notice it anymore. i realised once the mri machine started. i tried to tell the tec as i thought it was a two way intercom but no one replied. my hands were by my sides will this affect my mri results.

    posted @ Sunday, June 24, 2012 3:22 PM by angel


    Hi- 
    I'm an MRI Tech, and no-one seems to have answered the last few Q's, so here goes: 
    Angel-The ring will have no effect on your scans 
    Liz- the metal in one leg won't effect the MRI of the other 
    Jenny Milne- If the underwire had affected the scan, they would have bought you out of the scanner, had you remove it, and put you back in. Your chest tightness would be unrelated to the MRI or the bra. 
    Denise- the x-rays would have no effect on your phone, and your phone being present would not cause any damage. Odd that the xray wasn't repeated with the phone removed. 
    jni- hard to understand your query, but metal in your underwear would cause no damage to you. 
    Laura- your belly piercing would have no effect on your mammogram 
    Judy C- your CT may be affected by your jewellery, if it is close to where you are having your CT. Best advice is to remove it before your appointment 
    Fred- hope your MR went well; the brachy seeds have no effect on the MR, and the MR should have no effect on them 
    Rob- your pencil eraser will be fine in an MRI 
    Hope this helps 
     
    Paul 

    posted @ Tuesday, July 17, 2012 10:19 PM by Paul


    I didn't really see an answer to the questions regarding wearing wigs when having a CT Scan. Is it okay to if there are no clips? I have to wear one...

    posted @ Thursday, July 19, 2012 1:11 PM by Annie O


    My mother broke her hip about 3 weeks ago and they put steel pins in it. The rehab wants to do an MRI because there is still swelling. Can that hurt the position of the pins or delay healing properly?

    posted @ Wednesday, July 25, 2012 12:32 AM by Sandra


    Hi can anyone help? 
     
    I have been referred for an MRI scan on my lumber region and was wondering if the ORIF surgery I had on my right ankle would affect this. I have around seven screws and a plate holding my lake together. This was done in Feb 2009 can anyone help? 
     
    Thank you in advance

    posted @ Monday, July 30, 2012 4:16 AM by gary inman


    Okay- a few more answers: 
    Annie O: Your wig will be fine unless it's a CT of your head, in which case probably still fine, but let the tech know 
    Sandra- An MRI will do no damage to the hip pins, and won't interfere with healing, BUT- an MRI of an area with large bits of metal (such as hip pins)would be of limited value- the pics won't be very good at all... Maybe a CT or Nuc Med test would be better.  
    Gary Inman- There will be no problem for you or your pins & plates. The MRI of your spine will be fine.

    posted @ Monday, July 30, 2012 9:09 PM by Paul


    Guys- 
    Just so you know: 
    The site most MRI professionals use to check MRI safety is mrisafety.com which is run by a world leader in MR safety, Dr Frank Shellock. Not a modern-looking site, but HEAPS of important information, including a list of implants that have been tested at various MRI scanner strengths. 
     
    Check it out. 
     
    Cheers 
    Paul

    posted @ Monday, July 30, 2012 9:16 PM by Paul


    heya, my friend recently had an mri and she was scared so i sat in with her though i forgot to take out my phone from my bra will this affect her results??

    posted @ Wednesday, August 01, 2012 5:33 PM by Emily


    I have many piercings in my ears-- conch, tragus, cartilage, etc.(7) I have no problem taking out the piercings in my lobes, but in 10 years have never removed the other piercings and don't really even know how too--they are surgical steel. I also have my belly button pierced, from 15 years ago and it has never been removed. I had surgery once and neither I nor the nurse could remove the piercing, so we covered it with adhesive bandages. I need an MRI on the cervical area of my spine and upper back. Can I leave my piercings in?

    posted @ Friday, August 03, 2012 6:07 PM by Eileen


    I went for a cat scan on August 14th 2012 when they did the cat scan on my head I forgot I had my cell phone in my bra will that cause any damage to my body

    posted @ Wednesday, August 15, 2012 11:45 AM by Lucy


    It seems to me that the blanket statement that "metal will be attracted to the strong magnet" is false, unless the metal contains (or is) iron or steel. That is, ferrous / magnetic metals. Non-ferrous metals are not attracted to magnets, no matter how strong. (Granted, many people won't understand the difference between ferrous and non-ferrous, or won't know whether a particular alloy is made of a ferrous metal. But that doesn't mean that undifferentiated "metal" is attracted to magnets.)

    posted @ Wednesday, September 12, 2012 2:53 PM by Chris


    I have over 50 pieces of metal shaving in both eyes. I need to know if I have lessons on the brian and I am having a lot of problems going on with my back. Are they any type of device out there to check my medical problems. If not they need to invent something for people like me and many others. Thank you

    posted @ Monday, October 01, 2012 9:59 PM by Dorothy


    I want to know do they have type of equipment for people that ha metal shaving in both eyes. I can't have MRI due to this. I have severe back problems and I can't have that. I need to be check for lesions on the brian. Anything out for me. Thanks

    posted @ Monday, October 01, 2012 10:07 PM by Dorothy


    I am due to have an MRI scan from my knee down in a fortnight..however I have metal beads on my hair extensions, which would if need be have to removed at the hairdressers....this question has been asked previously n the thread by others but had no reply....I have scoured the net for the answer to no prevail...Do I need them TAKEN OUT before ?? any help would be appreciated..thanks in advance

    posted @ Sunday, October 07, 2012 9:05 AM by Sharon


    Hi i had a spinal fusion 7 years ago and i went to get a mri the other day and i felt buring in my back. They said it wasnt really burning.. but i freaked out and got out of the mri. I have to go back agian next week is the burning just a feeling is it harmful what so ever im just afaid something bad will happen? Is the burning going to hurt me in any way ?

    posted @ Saturday, November 10, 2012 6:35 PM by Kess


    A few years ago a tip of an LP needle broke off and was left in my spinal column. I am schedule for an MRI of my spine. Could there be an issue with that piece of metal and the MRI?

    posted @ Monday, November 19, 2012 6:12 PM by Jerry


    Hi l have a question on behalf of a homeless freind of mine who had an MRI scan and fell very sick after swelling up profusely and having infection to the point of having an open wound near his shoulder, he has metal plates in that shoulder area put in in 1986 and directly after the MRI scan he began to get very unwell, he had xrays recently that show that the metal plates have split in two and that their are 2 parts digging into his shoulder and arm, he really feels that the MRI has interfered with these plates and he was bedridden for several weeks after with massive infection and swelling, he has questioned the hospital about the MRI scan as he informed them of the metal in his shoulder, but they are saying it is not related..now he can barely use his whole arm and they are asking him to wait 6 months for corrective surgery he is in immense pain. we feel to help him seek advice and want to know if this injury is posibly due to this MRI scan.thank you

    posted @ Wednesday, December 05, 2012 10:03 PM by lynda smiley


    I just had my ears repierced. I have 14K gold posts, 2 in each earlop. I'm having an MRI of the breasts. Do I need to reschedule or am I safe with the 14K gold earrings?

    posted @ Sunday, December 09, 2012 10:20 AM by Breast Cancer Survivor


    Hello, my question is a little long but please bear with me. I have had and still have multiple stones in both kidneys the largest being 10mm at this time. About 17 years ago I had undergone ureteral repair surgery for my right ureter that had a stricture and hydronephrosis. I was left with 4 surgical clamps/staples in my right side, after this surgery I have had my ups and downs with pain from UTI to passing stones, but the worst is the chronic dull to moderate pain I have on my right side. In July of this year had to have an MRI for my R/wrist and I told the tech that I had these clamps. She said that it shouldn't be a problem so I did the procedure. After the MRI my right side hurt and has been getting worse. I have had a number of test to see why I am in this pain because my "stones are not obstructing and my kidney's do not show signs of hydronephrosis, so I should't be having pain". My question is, could my pain be associated to the MRI and the clamps? Could they have been "pulled" out of position? I am scheduled for a CT scan with contrast next week and am hopeful to find out why I am in constant pain. But, I would appreciate any help you can offer. Thank you very much.

    posted @ Wednesday, December 19, 2012 10:24 PM by Cristen


    Please help me. I had abdomen surgery about 12 years ago for the torn cartilage and believe there are staples or some kind of metal holding the mesh in place because when I lay out in the sun I get 4 spots that heat up and feels like bee stings. Burning feeling inside. I have to go for an MRI on my knee, and was wondering if these staples (or whatever they are) are going to be a problem to me in anyway. 
    Thankyou in advance, 
    Patsy

    posted @ Thursday, December 27, 2012 2:42 AM by Patsy


    Hello- a pillcame was left in my stomach for 1 year prior to removal. I have ms and had a routine mri during this time-would the metal in the camera be harmful and could it possibly get into the bloodstream.?  

    posted @ Wednesday, January 30, 2013 2:22 PM by Nancy


    Went to Ortho. surgeon & had x-ray of knee and discovered I had a BB in my leg--about 40 years. He explained I should never get an MRI on any part of my body. Should I have it removed.

    posted @ Thursday, January 31, 2013 5:31 AM by Scott W.


    I just had an mri 2 days ago. The tech said any loop of metal where a circuit can be completed could be problematic. I hve a plate on my left femur,and I forgot about the small circle of wire holding a bone chip in place during the install of the plate. I'm having some pretty bad pains coming from that very spot starting the day after my mri.I'm convince the wire was a problem after all.

    posted @ Friday, February 01, 2013 9:35 AM by Peter Beach


    i have a small "Lucke wire" in my left knee, according to my surgical report from 1989. i now need a right shoulder MRI. is there any problem or danger? thanks.

    posted @ Friday, February 08, 2013 7:59 AM by joanne


    I have an elderly parent that was recently given an MRI after a PT tech wrapped one leg with a sandbag containing metal pellets and a metal grommet. The following day an MRI tech did not notice the sand bag when turning on the machine. The leg was immediately pulled onto the machine and injured. My parent was in severe pain during the time it took the tech to turn off the machine. What is the procedure for turning off the machine and how long should it take? I understand that the machine was also damaged. Would the damaged have been caused from the metal or from being turning off?

    posted @ Saturday, February 09, 2013 9:02 PM by TJ


    Hi, my mother was subjected to a hip replacement by Doctor Furlong in London, in 1991.We do not know if she can make a MRI because this prosthesis could have metallic parts instead of titanium commonly used nowadadys. Can you help us ? Mr. Furlong died and Furlong Fundation gave us your link. Thanks a lot in advance, Costanza

    posted @ Thursday, February 14, 2013 5:08 AM by costanza magnini


    In1994 I had my gallbladder removed and have clips where the surgery was performed, is it safe for me to have a recommended MRI of the brain? does the MRI affect the whole body?or is it specific to the area? Hope I get some help with this issue as I am very scared,thanks.

    posted @ Saturday, February 16, 2013 3:29 AM by Gleneys


    I had an MRI yesterday , they found metal in my head from 35 years ago, any idea what happens next at 1st they thought I had a T I A ( mini stroke ) that's why I had the scan

    posted @ Friday, March 01, 2013 8:18 AM by Ray


    Hi I checked out the site you listed but couldn't find what I am looking for. I hope you can help. I had an MRI today with my jeans on. The MRI got pretty warm but no visible signs of any burns or anything. The abdominal area still feels funny but I don't know if it is anything to do with the MRI. The MRI was of my lower lumbar. Would the zipper and button from my jeans cause any problems?

    posted @ Wednesday, March 27, 2013 8:23 PM by Laurie W


    I had an MRI today of my left knee..I have a sewing needle in my right foot (still not sure how it got there been there since at least 1987 when it was found in an xray) I can tell you that my right foot got very hot and I had a pulling feeling coming from that foot.I had to take a break 1/2 way through the MRI then continue. 
    Just be carefull what you wear and ASK questions and a lot of them. 
    I went with sweats,shoes and tshirt with my hair up in a pony with no metal in the pony. Don't wear rings,buckles,earrings ect. 
    I can only imagine if I had to have been in there much longer I was trying to hang in there but man it sure felt like my foot was on fire!

    posted @ Wednesday, April 10, 2013 4:16 PM by Val


    I have a metal clip in head and mri scan was not possible, does the same apply to a ct scan. I have severe sciatica.

    posted @ Monday, June 03, 2013 9:48 AM by Jean Curzon


    I have had a hair implant procedure nine months ago. Now I want to go for a MRI scan in my head. Will it be safe to have this scan done. Please help

    posted @ Friday, June 14, 2013 12:21 PM by david


    Hi,I fell and brook my tibia I had a surgery and they put a nail in it,friend of mine told me I should never get an MRI on any part of my body .is that true? thank you

    posted @ Sunday, June 16, 2013 11:16 AM by fouzia


    please please could you advise me ..in 1983 approximately i had major surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from my neck ..now i need a mri scan on my neck and after an xray i have found out i have three metal clips in my neck i did not know about and do not known what purpose they serve ..is it safe because i am quite frankly terrified

    posted @ Wednesday, June 19, 2013 1:15 PM by jianne 1274


    I have braces, and I have to go in for a follow-up MRI of my brain. I had a tumor removed from the right temporal region that I have to keep tabs on. Will imaging be effected by my braces?

    posted @ Tuesday, June 25, 2013 10:02 AM by mona


    I have had 4 back surgeries for scoliosis, I have rods in my back, I cannot have a MRI, I have to have a Myloegram, My question can I have a mammogram, or is there another test I need instead.

    posted @ Wednesday, July 17, 2013 3:28 PM by Lequeta


    I had a scleral buckle placed in 2007. Can I safely have a cervical spine MRI

    posted @ Thursday, August 08, 2013 5:21 PM by mary


    I have been shot in the head a few years ago and a doctor wants me to get a MRI of the head and I have about 28 pieces of metal in the head from the bullet. Should I do a MRI test?

    posted @ Tuesday, August 13, 2013 10:52 AM by Kenneth Dawson


    Hi I just got an MRI of my brain and accidentally forgot to take off a hair tie that had a little bit of metal on it...should i be concerned about the image quality? Would they still be able to find if something was wrong?

    posted @ Tuesday, August 20, 2013 5:58 PM by paulina


    Is it ok to get an MRI of my brain if I have a tooth implant which uses a metal post to adhere the new tooth in place? Thanks. 

    posted @ Friday, October 11, 2013 2:48 AM by Sherry


    I have two implanted titanium microdermals in my chest. I get brain and spinal mri's sometimes for multiple ssclerosis. Can I get mri with titanium implants?

    posted @ Thursday, December 05, 2013 10:28 PM by ambyr


    Im do to have an mri of my stomach 
    but had metal clamps put in my pelvic area 
    after a historectomy; in 1975 I believe 
    they will be a problem as I have set off a 
    metal dector at the court house. 
    I need to know if this will be a problem. 
    The tech. said it would be ok.

    posted @ Friday, December 13, 2013 9:53 PM by renee craig


    Could somebody tell me if titanium rods could cause pain after an MRI? I had one done today and have pins and screws at L4L5 and all day I've had severe pain in my back that shoots down my leg. I'm talking severe pain. Please answer.

    posted @ Thursday, December 19, 2013 4:11 PM by 5by5


    1 have a metal implant in my left shoulder don't know if it istitanium or stainles steel.i understand that stainless is not accepted but,titanium is o.k.

    posted @ Wednesday, January 01, 2014 12:22 PM by stan


    Hi there, 
     
    I would appreciate it if someone would respond to this.  
     
    I had a VP shunt implant placed when I was 2 weeks old in 1985. The shunt does not function anymore but it is still in my head.  
     
    I may have to have an MRI scan done because I have been having a bad headache for almost 2 weeks. They did a CT scan and the technician asked if I was wearing any bows in my hair. I told her no that I had a shunt implant. So I am assuming she saw metal from the shunt on the CT scan. 
     
    My dilemma is that I live in a whole other state than the one I was born and grew up in and, all of my records are at my neurologists office back in my home state. I am unsure of what model my shunt is.  
     
    So, my question is would it be safe to have an MRI done since I don't know my shunt's model? Or is it safe because it doesn't function anymore? Please respond. Thank you!

    posted @ Friday, January 03, 2014 3:39 AM by Cristal


    Hi I had a MRI done today for my back and forgot to take off my necklace .are those gonna affect the quality of the image or something else...

    posted @ Monday, March 03, 2014 4:05 PM by Jun


    I accompanied my sister to get situated in the MRI room, I forgot to mention to the tech that I have partial metal denture. What will happen? 

    posted @ Thursday, April 10, 2014 9:44 PM by Tina


    I wore my rings during a m.r.I. on my spine. I had my hands over the mid part of my stomach. My hand was hurting. Can that cause the results of my m.r.I. to be messed up

    posted @ Tuesday, May 13, 2014 2:14 PM by Tonya Melendez


    I have a ferrous metal mortar fragment in my upper right thigh which is visable fron a hip x-ray. It is jaggged in appearence and slightly larger than a 22 caliber bullet. From time to time my upper right thigh will get sore. Is it safe to have an MRI of my hips and lower back, an area where the frag is visable on x-ray? Thanks.

    posted @ Monday, May 19, 2014 11:11 AM by Charles


    Hi! 
    I have a tooth with a socalled Maryland bridge which is made of cobolt/chrome. Will an MR-scanning be safe for me?

    posted @ Saturday, August 02, 2014 3:52 AM by Peter Rolfsen


    Peter, I also have a permanent bridge in the front of my upper. I'm not sure of it's composition, but I have had seven or eight MRIs with no bad effects. I would suggest you just mention it to the tech and maybe your Dr. as well to be safe.

    posted @ Tuesday, August 05, 2014 11:14 PM by Joe H.


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