#38005
bluey
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@bluey

I had to go for an MRI. One the questionnaire do you have tattoos?
I was told they may get hot and I was quizzed numerous times if I had my eyelids tattooed. I assume they are concerned about heating close to the eye.
As it was my knee and I don’t have any tattoos on my legs (yet) I was only shoved halfway into the machine there was no effect.

Has anyone else come across this?

#116076
mrchen
Participant
@mrchen

very rarely a tattoo may swell and burn during a magnetic resonance imaging…..nothing we can do about it, depends on the contents of the ink that is in our skin………a risk we take, never had a problem myself Im covered (but also high quality inks)

#116078
anonymous
Participant
@anonymous

I haven’t had to go for an MRI, but the concerns about MRIs and tattoos are pretty well known.

Quote:
MRI complications. Rarely, tattoos or permanent makeup may cause swelling or burning in the affected areas during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exams. In some cases โ€” such as when a person with permanent eyeliner has an MRI of the eye โ€” tattoo pigments may interfere with the quality of the image.

Source

Iron oxide in certain inks seems to be the issue. Read more …

#116183
Knitrocks
Participant
@knitrocks

Mythbusters tested this in an episode. They did not get any reaction with normal tattoo-ink, so they added extra iron to it and tatooed pig skin. Still no reaction. So they concluded that is is a myth. And the mythbusters are always right, right?

#116185
anonymous
Participant
@anonymous
Knitrocks;101220 wrote:
Mythbusters tested this in an episode. They did not get any reaction with normal tattoo-ink, so they added extra iron to it and tatooed pig skin. Still no reaction. So they concluded that is is a myth. And the mythbusters are always right, right?

Actually, they did find a slight reaction. ๐Ÿ™‚

Quote:
There has been concern expressed about the interaction between magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) procedures and tattoo pigments, some of which contain trace metals. Allegedly, the magnetic fields produced by MRI machines could interact with these metal particles, potentially causing burns or distortions in the image. The television show MythBusters tested the hypothesis, and found a slight interaction between commonly used tattoo inks and MRI. The interaction was stronger with inks containing high levels of iron oxide

All tattoo inks contain some heavy metals, but the junk brands certainly contain more, so I imagine you would have more issues with those. Also, all tattoo inks contain less heavy metals than they did years ago, so I imagine that plays a role as well.

#116200
Amok
Participant
@amok

Not to mention it would probably ruin the tattoo if there was a reaction.

#116278
Wardy
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@wardy
Amok;101237 wrote:
Not to mention it would probably ruin the tattoo if there was a reaction.

Could not agree more.

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