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Some things may mean you shouldn’t have an MRI. Tell your doctor if you:

  • Have a heart pacemaker
  • A cerebral aneurysm clip (metal clip on a blood vessel in your brain)
  • Are pregnant
  • Have an implanted insulin pump (for treatment of diabetes), narcotics pump (for pain medication), or implanted nerve stimulators
  • "TENS" device for back pain
  • Metal in your eye or eye socket
  • Cochlear (ear) implant for hearing problems
  • Implanted spine stabilization rods
  • Severe lung disease (such as tracheomalacia or bronchopulmonary dysplasia)
  • Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)
  • Weigh more than 300 pounds
  • Have trouble lying on your back for 30 to 60 minutes
  • Claustrophobia (fear of closed or narrow spaces)

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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