Permanent cosmetics interfere with MRI?


Question from GnuMonia: I have been told that permanent cosmetics, i.e. eyeliner and eyebrows, will interfere with a future MRI. Is this true?
Answers - Anna-Dee Rinehart There are iron oxide-based products or pigmentations that are more likely to have a reaction or reactivity to MRI. The response comes from the mercury or the chemicals in the iron, and it can leave a rather strong stain in the eyeliner and brow area. So this is a consideration. If your doctor approves this procedure, the nurse will provide this service, and they will try to find you the pigment that has less of these iron oxide-based products. There are some doctors that will agree and say it's all right; it's a minimal response in comparison to what they are looking for in an MRI. There are others who will say to avoid it completely. It's really between the patient and the physician. In my experience, plastic surgeons have said, "Okay, we will do it."

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