Our Flushing Imaging Center on Metal Implants that Can Impact An MRI

When you are going in for your first MRI, there are things you need to let your doctor and technician know about before your procedure. Outside of your daily medications, previous surgeries, and diseases or injuries you have, you also need your doctor and MRI technician to be aware of any implants that are in your body. Specifically, metal implants can severely harm you during an MRI and can impact the imaging in other forms of diagnostic imaging. Here are just a few conventional metal implants that our Flushing imaging center comes across that can prevent you from having an MRI done.

Pacemakers – One of the best advances in modern medicine has been the creation of artificial organs. From an engineered trachea to an artificial lung, the scientific and medical communities have made incredible improvements in the field of fully-functional prosthetic organs. However, there are things that you should be aware of when receiving an artificial organ, especially pacemakers. Pacemakers are devices which can take the place of a human heart, and are often given to patients who are in need of a heart transplant. However, pacemakers can interfere with the MRI process because of the necessary, metal parts needed to create the prosthetic heart. To check and see if your pacemaker is okay to pass through an MRI, please contact our Flushing imaging center for more information.

Cochlear implants – Another marvel of modern medicine has been the manufacturing of cochlear implants, or medically-inserted hearing aids. Cochlear implants are surgically placed in a patient who is deaf or hard of hearing and allows them to be able to hear without having to wear a hearing aid. These hearing implants have made lives easier for many people. However, these devices do come with specific cautions as well. Since cochlear implants are made from metal, those who have them cannot go through the traditional MRI process. The reason why someone who has this type of implant cannot be seen for an MRI at any Flushing imaging center, or another facility in the country, is because the magnets used during the test can move the implant. If the magnet does move the implant, this can cause the patient to feel severe discomfort or prevent the device from doing what it is intended to do.

If you are looking to schedule your next MRI at our Flushing imaging center or have questions about the diagnostic testing process, please call us today at (718) 507-8184.