How Tattoos May Interfere with MRI Images

What's an MRI?

MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. It's a big machine that doctors use to look inside your body without surgery.

What are Tattoos?

Tattoos are permanent pictures on the skin made with ink.

The Magnet Effect

MRI machines have strong magnets. Sometimes, these magnets can interact with the ink in tattoos.

Feeling the Heat

During an MRI, some people feel a warm sensation on their tattooed skin.

The ink in tattoos can contain metals. These metals heat up because of the MRI's magnetic waves.

Why the Warmth?

Usually, it's safe. But sometimes, the heating can feel uncomfortable.

Is It Safe?

Does It Affect the Image?

Yes, tattoos can cause blurry spots on MRI images where the tattoo is.

What If I Have a Tattoo?

Tell your doctor about your tattoos. They'll know what to do!

Doctors always work to keep you safe and get clear pictures of what they need to see.