MRI Exam Safety

Practicing MRI Safety with Lehigh Magnetic Imaging Center
MRI and MRA studies do not use radiation and are safe for most patients. You may, however, require precautions or be excluded from a study if you:
  • Have a pacemaker, internal defibrillator, pacemaker or internal defibrillator wires, loop recorder, programmable shunts or certain artificial heart valves
  • Have intracranial aneurysm clips
  • Have metal in your eyes
  • Wear medication patches. All patches must be removed prior to your MRI exam
  • Have metal objects in or on your body, including pins, plates, implants, shrapnel, and body piercings, especially if located at, in or near the area to be scanned
  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Have tattoos in the area to be scanned
  • Have clips from an endoscopy or colonoscopy procedure within two weeks of your MRI appointment
  • Have kidney disease, liver transplant, or diabetes. Patients with these conditions must be tested for serum creatinine no more than 45 days before having an MRI with contrast
  • Have previously had a reaction to an imaging contrast agent

Please be sure to inform a member of our staff if any of the above conditions pertain to you. You will be given further instruction based on the information provided.