Can tattoos on the body be a contraindication for an MRI examination?

Can tattoos on the body be a contraindication for an MRI examination?

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answers (3)

Answer 1
July, 2021

Tattoos are not a contraindication for MRI diagnostics. Even if tattoos will occupy almost the entire area of ​​the body, it will not bring any discomfort

In modern tattoo parlors, paints are used in which there are no metallic additives. Even if the tattoo was applied many years ago by "ancient methods", the metal MOLECULES have already been removed from the epidermis. Therefore, any tattoos will not bring any discomfort and will not interfere with diagnostics even on high-field (1.5, 3 Tesla) tomographs.

Answer 2
July, 2021

To find out whether it is possible to do an MRI scan with tattoos, it is enough to recall the favorite methods of work of masters who created ornaments and drawings on people's skin. More than 30 years have passed since the "tattoo" was stuffed with metal needles of different diameters. Naturally, microscopic iron particles remained in the epidermis, mixing with blue, black and red dyes. And the tomograph creates such a powerful magnetic field that objects containing only a few percent of metal begin to vibrate.

In modern tattoo parlors, paints are used in which there are no metallic additives, so if the tattoo was filled not so long ago, it can hardly be considered a contraindication.

As for tattoos with a long period of time - if there is a suspicion that there is metal in the "tattoos", it is better to consult a doctor and conduct a comprehensive diagnosis.

Answer 3
July, 2021

No, this is a myth. Contraindications for MRI studies, which will be announced in any diagnostic center, are:

1) the patient's weight exceeding the "passport" for the device; usually over 100/120 kg (depending on the model of the MRI machine). In fact, usually the factor - not the weight itself, but the "height" and circumference of the abdomen - whether it physically squeezes into the aperture of the apparatus)

2) the presence of metal implants (large in size - for example, plates, wires, artificial joints, etc .; crowns, clasps, braces, and other dental instruments of torture do not interfere with the procedure);

3) the presence of a pacemaker

4) pregnancy

Relative contraindications:

1) artificial heart valves

2) neuro- and myo-stimulants

3) vascular clips (except for those imposed on the vessels of the brain)

4) insulin pumps

5) operated lens or retina eyes

6) mental disorders

7) being on artificial ventilation or other support of the basic functions of the body

For reassurance, most centers also ask to remove all jewelry, underwear with metal hooks, piercings, etc. However, more often than not, these items will not have any noticeable complications.

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