Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
MRI scans can be harmful if you have metal inside your body, such as:
- Devices likes pacemakers, ear implants, insulin pumps, and shunts
- Joint replacements, plates, or metal pins
- Metal objects or pieces
Make sure your doctor knows of any internal metal before the test.
If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, talk to your doctor before the MRI scan about whether this test is right for you.
A contrast dye may be used to take clearer pictures. Some people may have a reaction to this dye. Talk to your doctor about any allergies you have. Tell your doctor if you have liver or kidney problems. These problems may make it hard for your body to get rid of the dye.
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