Can you have an MRI scan if you have metal in your body?
However, there are some instances where an MRI scan may not be recommended, because the strong magnets used during the scan can affect any metal implants or fragments in your body. Before having an MRI scan, you should tell medical staff if: you think you have any metal in your body.
Although most surgical staples are made of titanium, stainless steel is more often used in some skin staples and clips. Titanium produces less reaction with the immune system and, being non-ferrous, does not interfere significantly with MRI scanners, although some imaging artifacts may result.
- Here are some general guidelines for when stitches or staples should be removed.
- Face: 4-5 days.
- Neck: 7 days.
- Scalp: 7-10 days.
- Chest, stomach, and back: 7-10 days.
- Arms and back of hands: 7 days.
- Legs and top of feet: 10 days.
- Fingers and toes: 10-14 days.
- Palms and soles: 12-14 days.
- Staples & Paper Clips – Believe it or not, equipment at paper mills that recycle recovered paper is designed to remove things like staples and paper clips, so you don't need to remove them before recycling. It is probably in your best interest to remove paper clips, though, so they can be reused.
- In 1877 Henry R. Heyl filed patent number 195,603 for the first machines to both insert and clinch a staple in one step, and for this reason some consider him the inventor of the modern stapler.
Some of these are not MR compatible. Wires in the Chest from Heart Surgery – Although sternal wires are no problem during an MRI scan, sometimes cardiac pacing wires are left in place after heart bypass surgery.
- Most coronary artery stents have been tested and are nonferromagnetic. Patients who got a stent after 2007 still should consult with the physician who placed the stent, but virtually all made after 2007 are safe for MR imaging. It is still generally recommended that the magnet strength be 3 Tesla or less.
- Symptoms indicating hernia mesh failure include:
- Bloating or an inability to pass stools.
- Heat and soreness around the surgical site.
- A noticeable lump in or around the area of the original hernia.
- Fever, nausea, and vomiting.
- Repairing the hernia can also relieve the symptoms of pain and discomfort and make the bulge go away. The hernia won't heal on its own. If your hernia does not bother you, most likely you can wait to have surgery. Your hernia may get worse, but it may not.
Fasting – before undergoing a pelvic or abdominal MRI scan, you will be advised not to eat or drink for at least five hours before the procedure. In most other cases, it is usually not necessary to avoid food or drink prior to the scan. However, be advised by your doctor.
- Body organs that can be seen during an MRI of the abdomen and pelvis include:
- Stomach, intestines (bowels), liver, gallbladder, pancreas, and spleen. These organs help break down the food you eat and get rid of waste through bowel movements.
- Kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra (urinary tract).
- Reproductive organs.
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a type of noninvasive test that uses magnets and radio waves to create images of the inside of the body. The magnets and radio waves create cross-sectional images of the abdomen, which allows doctors to check for abnormalities in the tissues and organs without making an incision.
- On average, an abdominal MRI costs $1,751 at a hospital or $680 at a freestanding imaging center. See cost estimates for facilities in your area below. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive, painless test that uses a large magnet and radio waves to create detailed pictures of the inside of your body.
Updated: 2nd October 2019