Special MRI Instructions for Metal

MRI images are taken using a strong magnetic field, which can attract metal objects or may cause metal in your body to move. Before an MRI is performed all metal will need to be confirmed as safe for an MRI. Please be sure to let your MRI technologist know if you have any of the following:

  • Aneurysm clip(s)
  • Artificial heart valve
  • Body piercings
  • Cardiac pacemaker
  • Implanted drug infusion device/insulin pump
  • Infusion pump
  • Injury to the eyes involving metal*
  • Intrauterine device
  • Metal plate, pin or other metallic implant
  • Shrapnel from a prior gunshot or work-related injury
  • Tattoo/permanent makeup

*For welders and others whose profession may expose them to small flakes of metal that may enter the eye, an X-ray of the eye may be necessary before an MRI can be performed.