MRI's while having metal staples in your tummy...
Thu Nov 08, 2012 3:07 am
Thu Nov 08, 2012 5:55 am
This research team concluded it's okay:
This blog mentions the risk of the MRI moving small metal particles (from industrial accidents) in the eye:
Thu Nov 08, 2012 1:44 pm
Subscribe to The Phoenix Ostomy Magazine, the official publication of the nonprofit United Ostomy Associations of America and enjoy $15 OFF the cover price by using promo code MAO15
Thu Nov 08, 2012 3:05 pm
Not an easy decision, Doe, when so much is at stake. My uneducated guess is that, if there were any negative effects of MRI on patients with internal metals, we would absolutely know by now what they were. Can you imagine all the lawsuits that doctors and manufacturers would be exposed to with even the smallest indication of damage. When a doctor or technician says, "I think it's OK" or "It should be safe", I suspect they are really describing their own limited knowledge of the process rather than giving you an informed professional opinion.
Hats off to Three for doing good research!
Thu Nov 08, 2012 3:07 pm
Dear Doe, I have nothing to offer but you did bring up a subject that now has me thinking, I've had four surgeries, the full groin to thorax and just lately my doctor mentioned getting an MRI and I have no idea if I have staples inside or not, but, before I have this procedure I will know if I do have any, thanks to your question. Whatever you decide be assured we will be keeping you in our thoughts, love and best wishes, Ed
Thu Nov 08, 2012 8:22 pm
My boyfriend had to have a xray to check for metal particles in his eyes before he had an MRI. He was a machinist, Millwright and welder and considered a high risk for metal in his eyes. Something did show up in the xray and they sent him to an eye surgeon. He could not find anything. It turned out to be a staple from a surgery he had in a salivary gland to remove a benign tumour. They went ahead with the MRI. It was of his lower back.
Fri Nov 09, 2012 2:47 am
Hello wounded doe.
Thank you so much for this post and to three for the research. I knew nothing at found it all about this until now but it has been fascinating reading through the many questions people have had on the subject and the reassuring answers given by those that have studies the subject. Decisions are always difficult to make when there is even a slight risk but I wish you well in whatever you decide to do.
Best wishes Bill
Sat Nov 10, 2012 1:15 am
Thank you all so much, ya'll are so awesome xoxo ....yeah not much scares me in life (except bad Thunderstorms lol) ....but this is an odd thing that seems silly to me in one way, but on another note red flags still bother me a bit.....but the research was very helpful and I so much appreciate your responses, thank you!
I also was told by another Surgeon my staples are likely titanium so that is OK......I was also asked if I might have any metal in my eyes and my reply was,
I told Doc I had metal bits fly into my eyes in the past several times from Sword Fighting..............the look on his face gave me the giggles, ...I think he thought I was teasing him. ...........but for those of you who know me, remember I used to do a lot of Sword Fighting and I was also a Knife Thrower, and heck yeah I have had bits chip off and nail me in the peepers from time to time.....sooooo......I HOPE there's nuttin' still in there ! LOL
I'm beginning to wonder how much good it will do if I DO go ahead with the MRI.....sure they could possibly locate and define some of the problems going on, but the meds that help most people they cannot prescribe to me anyway because I have bad reactions to them.....so maybe in my case it would all be for nothing...... (believe it or not that's actually POSITIVE thought on my part LOL) ......not sure if it will be worth all the trouble.
OR, if I agree to do this, I will be in that machine for 2 hours so they better have Pink Floyd Comfortably Numb not only playing through some speakers but also through an IV cocktail so I don't care about a dang thing lol
Tue Nov 20, 2012 11:16 pm
Hi there,my doctor wanted me to have a mri scan to find out what was causing my back problems.I only knew i had metal clips inside me when i looked at my x-ray,me and my mum were gob-smacked as i never knew they were there.Alas i never got to have the scan as the back surgeon said due to the clips it can't be done.On a funnier note i did set off a metal detector once and thought it was due to the clip,but it was my belt.It gave me ,my mum and lady at the decector a good laugh.I hope your problems get sorted out soon,all the best
Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:03 am
wow...! ....well my friends, I just found out they believe I DO have metal clips and staples inside me from previous surgeries and I was finally, officially warned NOT to do the MRI....I was told that I simply cannot consider it.....and I quote,
"Anyone with metal internal staples or clips CANNOT have an MRI due to the intense magnetic forces, the metal has actually been pulled out of patients SKIN from their internal organs....and thus can kill you" ........
NOT gonna do it.
Hearing that made me want to faint, I swear............and I could not wait to get back on here to post this warning. It is unbelievable how many general doctors are unaware of this,...also proves how important it is to keep researching ANYthing before it is done to your body.
I, also, lived for years before learning that I was full of staples......now I learn more about them and what else I need to be careful with......yowza.
Much love to you all xoxooo
Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:24 pm
All I can tell you that when I was scheduled for an MRI I was asked if I did any metal work or even metal grinding such as car body work. Answering positive I was immediately scheduled for an X-ray of my eyes. Since any metal in my eyes could have caused some damage. I assume that this would include rather small particles since any significant size particle would irritate. I'm just surprised that it is difficult to get a solid answer to this question.
I wish you all the best.
Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:51 pm
Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:28 pm
That is totally false. I have metal clips and tie ups inside my body due to the perforated large intestine that I had in 1979 that resulted in my ileostomy. Each year commencing in 1999, I have an MRI. I have never had any deleterious effects and the MDs never stopped me from having it. I would question who told you this. Of course, any metallic jewelry worn at the surface of your body must be removed. That is obvious.
All times are GMT - 4 Hours