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I've offered to participate in a brain imaging study. Are mris safe to get on a regular basis? Is there radiation risk?

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In brief: Generally safe

Mri scans without contrast would be very safe and have no known long term side effects.
Mris use magnets and radio waves to make images of the body. There is no ionizing radiation as with x-rays.

In brief: Generally safe

Mri scans without contrast would be very safe and have no known long term side effects.
Mris use magnets and radio waves to make images of the body. There is no ionizing radiation as with x-rays.
Dr. Darren Gitelman
Dr. Darren Gitelman
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Dr. Laurence Haber
Neurology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Unlikey

No xrays- only electromagnetic, - no known significant risk - if not contraindicated by other issues.

In brief: Unlikey

No xrays- only electromagnetic, - no known significant risk - if not contraindicated by other issues.
Dr. Laurence Haber
Dr. Laurence Haber
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Dr. Harris Cohen
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: MRIs

An MRI is performed with strong magnets, so there is no radiation risk.

In brief: MRIs

An MRI is performed with strong magnets, so there is no radiation risk.
Dr. Harris Cohen
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Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine

In brief: Usually

Hi, i agree with the other answers.
However, i wanted to add some details: there are potential risks with mri. Make sure that you are carefully screened for contraindications that include the following: orbital metal (from trauma or metal) - imaging can potentially lead to vision loss if there is orbital metal, pacemaker, cochlear implants, and certain aneurysm clips and cardiac prosthetic valves.

In brief: Usually

Hi, i agree with the other answers.
However, i wanted to add some details: there are potential risks with mri. Make sure that you are carefully screened for contraindications that include the following: orbital metal (from trauma or metal) - imaging can potentially lead to vision loss if there is orbital metal, pacemaker, cochlear implants, and certain aneurysm clips and cardiac prosthetic valves.
Dr. Brian Sabb
Dr. Brian Sabb
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