Posted 10 April 2006 - 04:41 PM
For those who don't know, MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. It is basically an x ray where they can see through your body layer by layer, but instead of flooding you with X-rays, they use a very powerful magnet.
So, is it true about the metal in your ink being dangerous? It depends on who you believe. However, the ink in question is the ink that they used over 20 years ago, which did, at the time, have a high metal content. Most modern day inks do not contain the levels of metal that they used to.
What does common sense tell you?
An MRI is a very sophistocated test, and something that doctors rely heavily on for certain conditions. Could you imagine how useless they would be, if every person who had a Tattoo could not have an MRI? Especially with the increase in the number of pers who get tattoos, and if you think about it, a lot of the Extreme Sports enthusiasts have them, and they are more likely to need an MRI than most other people due to their sports injuries.
Myth Busters did an episode on this, where they used standard tattoo ink on a pig skin, and ran it through the MRI. Nothing happened. So they made their own concoction of ink with a high metal content, and repeated the test. Again, nothing happened.
However, some people who have tattoos and have gone in for an MRI, esp with the older ink, have complained of a burning sensation where their tattoos are. What do you think? Is the pain real, or is the pain something that they believe to be real because of the Urban Legend?
So what will a tattoo do to your MRI? Well, it's safe to say that your skin won't be torn asunder by the metal fragments rapidly exploding forth from your flesh. However, the tattoo may prevent the MRI from actually being able to penetrate the area under the tattoo, thust preventing the doctor from seeing what's going on.
Posted 10 April 2006 - 05:07 PM
Since I haven't any tattoos, I cannot say for sure. Frankly, common-sense tells me that tattoos and MRI's must go together in some workable form or else MRI's, like you mentioned, would become a thing of the past with so many people now sporting tattoos.
I can believe people who have tattoos might experience some mild discomfort in the area of the tattoo after an MRI. But, nothing life-threatening and nothing that will tear one's skin off. Perhaps, tattoos could cause some sort of mis-reading for the MRI in the area of the tattoo, as well, because of the nature of tattoo ink and the nature of an MRI.
I just don't know what to think. But, it certainly can't be as gruesome as some people say.
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But.......they always ask and I always tell and they always look at them. But again I've never had a problem.
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