MRI safety when one has a tattoo or permanent make-up has been a question since the infamous “Dear Abby” letter in the 1980’s. A patient with permanent eyeliner had an MRI and felt a “heating up” or burning sensation during the MRI procedure. Is it cause for alarm, or perhaps a reason to NOT have an MRI if you have tattoos?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging was initially discovered by Felix Block and Edward Purcell in 1946, and both were awarded the Nobel Prize in 1952. In the late 70’s, the process began evolving in to the technology that people use for diagnosing illnesses in medicine today.
Women and men have decorated themselves for hundreds of years by way of makeup, jewelry, clothing, and traditional and cosmetic tattooing. Procedures like eyeliner, eyebrows, lips, eye shadow, and cheek blush are normally carried out in the U.S. and around the world. Other procedures referred to as “para-medical tattooing” are done on scars (camouflage) and cancer of the breast survivors that have had reconstructive surgery having a nipple “graft” which is lacking in color. In this sort of paramedical work, the grafted nipple produced by the surgeon is tattooed a natural color to match the healthy breast.
Magnetic resonance imaging is routinely performed, particularly for diagnosing head, neck and brain regions where permanent cosmetics such as eyeliner are normally applied. Because of a few reports of burning sensations inside the tattooed area throughout an MRI, some medical technicians have questioned whether or not they should perform MRI procedures on patients with permanent cosmetics.
Dr. Frank G. Shellock has conducted laboratory and clinical investigations in the field of magnetic resonance imaging safety more than twenty years, and it has addressed the concerns noted above. Research was conducted of 135 subjects who underwent MR imaging after having permanent cosmetics applied. Of those, only two individuals (1.5%) experienced problems associated with MR imaging. One subject reported a sensation of ‘slight tingling’ and the other subject reported a sensation of ‘burning’, both transient in general. According to Dr. Shellock’s research, traditional tattoos caused more difficulties with burning sensations in the community in the tattoo.
It is interesting to note that many allergies to traditional tattoos start to occur when one is in contact with heat, like sun exposure, or time spent in a hot steam room, or jacuzzi tub. Specific ingredients inside the tattoo pigments like cadmium yellow have a tendency to cause irritation in certain individuals. The end result is swelling and itching in certain areas of the tattoo. This usually subsides when exposure to the warmth source ends. If the swelling continues, then this topical cream can be acquired from the physician (usually cortizone cream) to help relieve the irritation.
Dr. Shellock recommends that anyone who has permanent makeup procedures should advise their MRI technician. Because “artifacts” can display up on the results, it is important for that medical professional to be familiar with why you have the artifacts. These artifacts are predominantly associated with the presence of pigments designed to use iron oxide or any other kind of dbxujd and occur in the immediate area of the tattoo or permanent makeup. Additionally, the technician can provide the sufferer a cold compress (a wet wash cloth) to make use of during the MRI procedure inside the rare case of a burning sensation in the tattooed area.
In conclusion, it is actually clear to view that the advantages of owning an MRI outweigh the slight probability of a reaction from permanent makeup or traditional tattooing throughout the MRI. The science and art of permanent makeup goes by many different names: micropigmentation, permanent cosmetics, derma pigmentation, intradermal cosmetics, dermagraphics and cosmetic tattoos. As the procedures connected with permanent makeup be a little more main stream the general public grows more conscious of the rewards, specifically for individuals that have problems with illness, disease, injury or scarring. Within my recent article “Constructing a Bridge: Plastic Surgery and Micropigmentation” I explored your relationship between cosmetic plastic surgery and permanent makeup. I would now want to discuss how vitiligo makeup could work as part of the solution for a variety of medical ailments.