MRI safety when one has a tattoo or permanent makeup procedure has been a question since the infamous “Dear Abby” letter back in the 1980’s. The patient with permanent make-up had an MRI and felt a “heating up” or burning sensation during the MRI procedure. Is this reason for alarm, or perhaps a reason not to 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. Inside the late 70’s, the process began evolving into the technology we use for diagnosing illnesses in medicine today.
Women and men have decorated themselves for hundreds of years by means of makeup, jewelry, clothing, and traditional and cosmetic tattooing. Procedures including eyeliner, eyebrows, lips, eye shadow, and cheek blush are generally done in the U.S. and round the world. Other procedures called “para-medical tattooing” are done on scars (camouflage) and breast cancer survivors that have had reconstructive surgery using a nipple “graft” that is certainly with a lack of color. In this kind of paramedical work, the grafted nipple produced by the surgeon is tattooed an all natural color to match the healthy breast.
Magnetic resonance imaging is routinely performed, particularly for diagnosing head, neck and brain regions where permanent cosmetics including eyeliner are generally applied. Because of few reports of burning sensations inside the tattooed area during 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 magnetic resonance imaging safety for over twenty years, and contains addressed the concerns noted above. A study was conducted of 135 subjects who underwent MR imaging after having permanent cosmetics applied. Of these, only two individuals (1.5%) experienced problems related to MR imaging. One subject reported a sensation of ‘slight tingling’ and the other subject reported a sensation of ‘burning’, both transient in nature. According to Dr. Shellock’s research, traditional tattoos caused more issues with burning sensations in the region in the tattoo.
It really is interesting to remember that most allergic reactions to traditional tattoos start to occur when a person is in contact with heat, such as sun exposure, or time spent in a hot steam room, or jacuzzi tub. Specific ingredients within the tattoo pigments such as cadmium yellow often cause irritation in a few individuals. The effect is swelling and itching in certain parts of the tattoo. This usually subsides when exposure to the temperature source ends. If the swelling continues, then a topical cream can be obtained from a physician (usually cortizone cream) to help relieve the irritation.
Dr. Shellock recommends that those who have permanent makeup procedures should advise their MRI technician. Because “artifacts” can present up on the results, it is necessary for your medical professional to be familiar with why you have the artifacts. These artifacts are predominantly associated with the presence of pigments that use iron oxide or any other type ccssdw metal and occur in the immediate area of the tattoo or permanent makeup. Additionally, the technician may give the individual a cold compress (a wet wash cloth) to use through the MRI procedure in the rare case of the burning sensation inside the tattooed area.
In summary, it really is clear to view that the advantages of getting an MRI outweigh the slight chance of a reaction from pictures of eyeliner tattoo or traditional tattooing through the MRI. The art and science of permanent makeup goes by many different names: micropigmentation, permanent cosmetics, derma pigmentation, intradermal cosmetics, dermagraphics and cosmetic tattoos. Since the procedures related to permanent makeup become a little more main stream people gets to be more mindful of the advantages, particularly for people who suffer from illness, disease, injury or scarring. Inside my recent article “Building a Bridge: Plastic Surgery and Micropigmentation” I explored your relationship between cosmetic surgery and permanent makeup. I would personally now want to discuss how permanent makeup could work as part of the solution for a number of medical conditions.