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Which items should you avoid wearing before a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)?

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An MRI is a type of scan that uses a magnetic field, radio waves, and a computer to create detailed pictures of the inside of your body. You should not wear metal that can interfere with the machine’s magnetic field. They include:

If you have metal inside your body, like from shrapnel or a medical device, ask your doctor if it’s safe for you to get an MRI. You won’t be able to get the scan if you have:

  • Jewelry
  • Hairpins
  • Zippers
  • Body piercings
  • Watches
  • Hearing aids
  • Eyeglasses
  • 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

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

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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