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What happens if you go in for an MRI and don't remove your jewelry?
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Assuming it contains iron or other magnetic material, it gets yanked off your body by the magnet.

Otherwise I don't think it's a big deal.

Or so I've heard. I never tried it myself.
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Well, it depends... if the jewelry in question is magnetic (as previously mentioned), and it happens to be a piercing of some sort...

...then I expect there would be a high probability of great pain, probably with some whimpering or yelling involved...
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Yes, if it is ferromagnetic jewelry it can loosen and act as a missile, or can leave wounds if it tears out of skin. Also, certain metals can heat up and cause burns. There are cases of severe burns occurring from the iron in home-made tattoos that are made from rust!

Those magnetic fields are STRONG!

They also erase the magnetic strips on credit cards.
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I removed all mine when I got my first MRI ever a couple weeks ago, so I couldn't tell you.
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Its not a trivial issue. There has been at least one reported fatality from metal projectiles (I think someone approached the active MRI with an oxygen cannister).

In addition, the presence of the metal will introduce artifact into the images and make it more difficult for your doctors to use the information to help you.
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It depends on the jewelry.
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Scene: normal looking hip young guy laying on MRI table starting to move into machine.... "oh crap! I forgot to tell them about and remove Prince ALBEEEEERRRRRRRRRRTTTTTT!!!!"





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I went to my piercing shop the other day and started out by saying "So, I have to have an MRI later today and I need.."
And the girl said, "Oh, yeah, we'll get your jewelery right out, no problem!"
I assume it's common procedure to go in there to get jewelery out. I have an industrial in my right ear and a twisty corkscrew thing in my left. I couldn't get my left one out on my own at all!

At any rate, I was just wondering if the machine would have ripped them out of my ears or damaged the equipment or what. Thanks for the information!
 
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Wait a minute.. I think the MythBusters did an episode on this a long time ago..

Kari, was this myth confirmed or busted?

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Yeah, me neither.
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