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I have a metal plate in my leg, and need an mri scan of my low back. Will the metal plate prevent me from getting the mri?

I have a metal plate in my leg, and need an mri scan of my low back. Will the metal plate prevent me from getting the mri?

No: Before your MRI you will be asked a series of questions to determine if the MRI is safe for you. The metal plate in your leg should not prevent you from getting an mri. If you become uncomfortable during the scan, you may have to stop and take a break. ...Read more

Dr. Sheila Smith
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Mri (Definition)

Mri or magnetic resonance imaging is one of the more recently developed imaging modalities available to physicians. It uses powerful magnets to generate images. There is no ionizing radiation which is a major advantage over many other modalities. Mri is the best imaging exam that we have for most soft tissue and joint related problems. There are radiologists ...Read more


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Is it possible to have an MRI scan with metal plate and screws on a broken bone?

Is it possible to have an MRI scan with metal plate and screws on a broken bone?

Yes: This is not a contraindication to mri. If the treated bone is itself being examined there may be metal artifact that limits what can be seen. However, the procedure is safe. ...Read more

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What's a good way to address leg pain caused from a metal plate?

What's a good way to address leg pain caused from a metal plate?

Speak with Ortho: This issue should be evaluated by your orthopedist to determine the cause of the pain. ...Read more

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Hi there, basically I had surgery on my left ankle 4 years ago roughly I have a metal plate and screw on the outside and 2 pins on the inside.?

Hi there, basically I had surgery on my left ankle 4 years ago roughly I have a metal plate and screw on the outside and 2 pins on the inside.?

Possibly: Ankle fractures requiring surgery can be stabilized a number of ways. A typical fracture pattern is stabilized with a plate and screws on the outside bone (fibula) and screws or pins on the inside bone (tibia) if needed. ...Read more

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Hi there, basically I had surgery on my left ankle 4 years ago roughly I have a metal plate and screw on the outside and 2 pins on the inside.?

See below: It sounds like you had a typical repair of a fractured ankle. If you are now hurting then either the plates and screws need removing from possibly loosening or you are developing post traumatic arthritis. X-rays and eval recommended. ...Read more

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I broke my ankle 2 months ago, had metal plate and 7 pins put in, I am walking ok with one stick, but my ankle is still swollen is this normal.

I broke my ankle 2 months ago, had metal plate and 7 pins put in, I am walking ok with one stick, but my ankle is still swollen is this normal.

Yes.: Ankle fracture repair takes usually 6 weeks before you can start walking in fracture boot which you gradually move back to shoe with ankle brace with therapy. Swelling can take up to 6-12 months to go down but you should see a steady decrease in swelling over time if the bone properly healed. You will have to do your part with compressiveqrapsEpsonsoaksnsaidetc. Ifitdoesn'tgodowntheirmaybe problem. ...Read more

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My left ankle is two inches bigger than my right due to severe swelling, often painful. Is it because of the metal plate and screws? It's been a year

My left ankle is two inches bigger than my right due to severe swelling, often painful. Is it because of the metal plate and screws? It's been a year

Swollen ankle: Should be looked at by your surgeon. Swelling can be due to the original injury and or the surgery that followed. It can also be post operative swelling, either way the ankle needs to be examined by your doctor. ...Read more

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Does anyone know if a metal plate with 6 screws in ankle will set off the detectors in the airport?

Does anyone know if a metal plate with 6 screws in ankle will set off the detectors in the airport?

Non Magnetic: They probably will not set off the metal detector as they are non-magnetic. And I have had no patient mention to me that their fracture hardware set off the detector. ...Read more

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Do metal plate and screws in ankle cause the bone to get crushed (or cause bigger injuries) if the same ankle gets re-fractured in the future?

Not really: Most often if an injury occurs to an area that has been fixed it usually isn't an issue unless the previous hardware was damaged. Get x-ray to find out. ...Read more

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Can I have MRI on leg with metal rods and pins?

Can I have MRI on leg with metal rods and pins?

Yes: Alert the technologist who will perform the exam that you have implanted metal. They will tailor the exam to best answer the clinical question. Most implanted metal for medical purposes is mr-compatible. Metal-artifact reduction sequences (mars) can be performed which vary by the site, but usually employ t1 and inversion recovery sequences to reduce metallic susceptibility artifact. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can you have MRI after total knee due to metal components?

Can you have MRI after total knee due to metal components?

Yes!: Hi, You definitely can get an MRI. If you are asking about MRI of the knee with the TKA, then the answer is still yes. Usu MRI after TKA is going to be ordered by a knee specialist that is looking for specific pathologies after the surgery. The radiologist needs to take the TKA into consideration and employ a specialized artifact reduction protocol. You do need to find the right rad and rad center ...Read more

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I have a thin metal rod in my right ankle since 1984 after breaking my ankle. I am having an MRI tomorrow. Anything I should be concerned about?

I have a thin metal rod in my right ankle since 1984 after breaking my ankle. I am having an MRI tomorrow. Anything I should be concerned about?

Not really: After 28 years it is safe to assume that the plate or rod in your ankle region has been well incorporated and will not be ripped out of your body and act as a missile. The MRI is presumably for another part of your body? Any attempt to use MRI to image the ankle would be severely degraded by artifacts from the metal. Make sure the staff at the MRI center know about all metal in your body. ...Read more

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Is it okay for someone who has a metal knee replacement and to have an mri?

Is it okay for someone who has a metal knee replacement and to have an mri?

Yes: An MRI study can be performed on any area of the body with today's knee replacements. There should be no problems for most areas of the body. However, for the knee that has had this surgery, the metal will create artifacts and distortion of the images, and limit the evaluation. A scan of this knee may or may not be helpful, but you cannot tell without performing the scan. Discuss with your Doctor. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if my friend has a metal knee replacement and does an mri?

Could you tell me what happens if my friend has a metal knee replacement and does an mri?

Perfectly safe: No issues with MRI and knee or hip replacement, except that if the MRI is of the area that has the replacement there will be some distortion of the image due to the metal. ...Read more

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Rods in legs in 83 can I have an mri?

Yes: Although if you are scanning an area near the rods, there will be a lot of artifact. ...Read more

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What can cause leg numbness if an MRI and nerve test both came out negative?

What can cause leg numbness if an MRI and nerve test both came out negative?

Multiple possibility: I recommend you see a good neurologist. Ther are many possibilities, including spinal cord, nerve pbs, pernicious anemia, multiple sclerosis etc. Please see a neurologist. You can get a referral from calling your local hospital, or call director of a neuro ICU and speak to the director for the name of the best neurologist in town. ...Read more

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I have severe chronic back and leg pain, normal mri. Tried pt, many different meds and therapies with no relief. Am I imagining the pain?

Thanks for asking!: Sometimes people experience severe pain w/ no know medical cause. In this case, psychological reasons may distort the perception of pain. You may want to see a therapist to discuss underlying issues from the past that may be causing the pain. Various modalities such as guided imagery, biofeedback, tai chi, yoga, cognitive therapy and hyposis can help. Hope you find relief. ...Read more

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Have l5s1protusion back, leg pain11 week &footdrop2 week. Mri can't confirm drop. Emg&nerve study normal. No relief from nerve block 4 weeks ago. What next?

Have l5s1protusion back, leg pain11 week &footdrop2 week. Mri can't confirm drop. Emg&nerve study normal. No relief from nerve block 4 weeks ago. What next?

Back pain: If you have those symptoms I recommend you see a neuro surgeon. It's the neurosurgeon does not recommend surgery, I would recommend physical therapy. A large percentage of symptomatic pinched nerves will result in 6 to 8 weeks. ...Read more