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Which conditions may make an MRI examination not a good idea?

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Some conditions may make an MRI examination not a good idea. Tell your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Heart pacemaker
  • Cerebral aneurysm clip (metal clip on a blood vessel in the brain)
  • Implanted insulin pump (for treatment of diabetes), narcotics pump (for pain medication), or implanted nerve stimulators (TENS) for back pain
  • Metal in the eye or eye socket
  • Cochlear (ear) implant for hearing impairment
  • Implanted spine stabilization rods
  • Severe lung disease (such as tracheomalacia or bronchopulmonary dysplasia)
  • Severe acid reflux
  • Weight of more than 300 pounds
  • Not being able to lie on back for 30 to 60 minutes
  • Claustrophobia (fear of closed or narrow spaces)

From: Prostate Cancer: MRI WebMD Medical Reference

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Radiological Society of North America.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on September 17, 2017

SOURCE: 

Radiological Society of North America.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on September 17, 2017

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