MRI safety when one has a tattoo or permanent makeup process has been a question since the infamous “Dear Abby” letter back in the 1980’s. A patient with permanent eyeliner had an MRI and felt a “heating up” or burning sensation during the MRI procedure. Is this reason for alarm, or a reason to NOT have an MRI for those who have tattoos?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging was discovered by Felix Block and Edward Purcell in 1946, and both were awarded the Nobel Prize in 1952. In the late 70’s, the process began evolving to the technology that we use for diagnosing illnesses in medicine today.
People have decorated themselves for hundreds of years by means of makeup, jewelry, clothing, and traditional and cosmetic tattooing. Procedures such as eyeliner, eyebrows, lips, eye shadow, and cheek blush are commonly done in the U.S. and around the world. Other procedures called “para-medical tattooing” are carried out on scars (camouflage) and breast cancer survivors who may have had reconstructive surgery using a nipple “graft” that is certainly lacking in color. In this type of paramedical work, the grafted nipple created 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 commonly applied. Because of a 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 Makeup Permanent.
Dr. Frank G. Shellock has conducted laboratory and clinical investigations in the field of magnetic resonance imaging safety more than two decades, and has addressed the concerns noted above. Research was conducted of 135 subjects who underwent MR imaging after having permanent cosmetics applied. Of these, only two individuals (1.5%) experienced problems associated with MR imaging. One subject reported a sensation of ‘slight tingling’ and also the other subject reported a sensation of ‘burning’, both transient by nature. According to Dr. Shellock’s research, traditional tattoos caused more problems with burning sensations in the region in the tattoo.
It is actually interesting to remember that most allergy symptoms to traditional tattoos begin to occur when one is exposed to heat, like exposure to the sun, or time spent in a hot steam room, or jacuzzi tub. Specific ingredients inside the tattoo pigments like cadmium yellow have a tendency to cause irritation in some individuals. The effect is swelling and itching in a few regions of the tattoo. This usually subsides when contact with the warmth source ends. If the swelling continues, then this topical fdiejg can be found coming 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 show up on the results, it is crucial for your healthcare professional to be familiar with what is causing the artifacts. These artifacts are predominantly linked to the presence of pigments designed to use iron oxide or any other kind of metal and appear in the immediate section of the tattoo or permanent makeup. Additionally, the technician can provide the individual a cold compress (a wet wash cloth) to use throughout the MRI procedure within the rare case of any burning sensation within the tattooed area.
To conclude, it really is clear to see that some great benefits of owning an MRI outweigh the slight chance of a reaction from permanent makeup or traditional tattooing through the MRI. The science and art of permanent makeup goes by many different names: micropigmentation, permanent cosmetics, derma pigmentation, intradermal cosmetics, dermagraphics and cosmetic tattoos. Because the procedures connected with permanent makeup become more main stream the general public grows more mindful of the benefits, specifically for people who have problems with illness, disease, injury or scarring. Within my recent article “Building a Bridge: Cosmetic Surgery and Micropigmentation” I explored your relationship between cosmetic surgery and permanent makeup. I would personally now want to discuss how permanent makeup can work as part of the solution for many different medical ailments.