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What metal implants can prevent you from getting a knee MRI?

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If you have metal inside your body, like from shrapnel or a medical device, be sure to tell your doctor or the technologist about it before you have the MRI. You may still be able to get the test. But there are some types of metal implants that mean you should not get the test:

  • Cochlear implant
  • Most cardiac defibrillators and pacemakers
  • Some types of metal clips, such as those that treat brain aneurysms

From: What to Expect During a Knee MRI WebMD Medical Reference

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Radiological Society of North America: “Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – Knee,” “Contrast Materials.”

Cedars-Sinai: “Knee MRI.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 27, 2019

SOURCES:

Radiological Society of North America: “Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – Knee,” “Contrast Materials.”

Cedars-Sinai: “Knee MRI.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 27, 2019

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