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A 18-year-old female asked:

Would dermal piercings interfere with an mri scan?

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Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
Certainlly could: It would not distort the images, but if there is enough metal involved they would not put you in the scanner due to the strong magnetic field.
Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
Radiology 48 years experience
Yes if...: If you left your piercings in they could produce enough metal artifact to distort the images. There could also be significant heating around any metal piercings. Finally, any piercings which are magnetic could potentially be ripped off your body and cause projectile injuries. Don't try to hide your piercings and enter the scan room!

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