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Are MRIs safe for everyone?

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The MRI exam poses no risk to the average person. The scan is also safe for people who've had heart surgery and people who have these medical devices:

  • Surgical clips or sutures
  • Artificial joints
  • Staples
  • Cardiac valve replacements (except the Starr-Edwards metallic ball/cage)
  • Disconnected medication pumps
  • Vena cava filters
  • Brain shunt tubes for hydrocephalus

From: MRIs for Headache and Migraine Diagnosis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: The National Migraine Association.

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on January 17, 2017

SOURCE: The National Migraine Association.

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on January 17, 2017

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