MRI safety when one has define nonpermanent 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 it reason for alarm, or a reason not to 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. Within the late 70’s, the process began evolving to the technology that we use for diagnosing illnesses in medicine today.
Men and women have decorated themselves for thousands of years through makeup, jewelry, clothing, and traditional and cosmetic tattooing. Procedures like eyeliner, eyebrows, lips, eye shadow, and cheek blush are commonly completed in the U.S. and round the world. Other procedures called “para-medical tattooing” are performed on scars (camouflage) and breast cancer survivors who may have had reconstructive surgery using a nipple “graft” that is lacking in color. In this type 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 such as eyeliner are generally applied. Because of a few reports of burning sensations in 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 the area of magnetic resonance imaging safety more than 20 years, and has addressed the concerns noted above. A report was conducted of 135 subjects who underwent MR imaging after you have permanent cosmetics applied. Of those, only two individuals (1.5%) experienced problems connected with MR imaging. One subject reported a sensation of ‘slight tingling’ and also the other subject reported a sensation of ‘burning’, both transient in nature. Based on Dr. Shellock’s research, traditional tattoos caused more problems with burning sensations in the region in the tattoo.
It is interesting to notice that a lot of allergy symptoms to traditional tattoos start to occur when a person is exposed to heat, including exposure to the sun, or time spent in a hot steam room, or jacuzzi tub. Specific ingredients inside the tattoo pigments such as cadmium yellow tend to cause irritation in certain individuals. The result is swelling and itching in jjsegy areas of the tattoo. This usually subsides when being exposed to the temperature source ends. In the event the swelling continues, then the topical cream can be found coming from a physician (usually cortizone cream) to help relieve the irritation.
Dr. Shellock recommends that individuals who have permanent makeup should advise their MRI technician. Because “artifacts” can display up on the results, it is crucial for your healthcare professional to be aware of why you have the artifacts. These artifacts are predominantly associated with the presence of pigments designed to use iron oxide or some other form of metal and happen in the immediate section of the tattoo or permanent makeup. Additionally, the technician can provide the sufferer a cold compress (a wet wash cloth) to use throughout the MRI procedure inside the rare case of any burning sensation within the tattooed area.
In conclusion, it is clear to view that the advantages of having an MRI outweigh the slight possibility of a reaction from permanent makeup or traditional tattooing during the MRI. The science and art of permanent makeup goes by a lot of different names: micropigmentation, permanent cosmetics, derma pigmentation, intradermal cosmetics, dermagraphics and cosmetic tattoos. As the procedures connected with permanent makeup be a little more main stream the general public gets to be more conscious of the benefits, specifically for individuals that suffer from illness, disease, injury or scarring. Inside my recent article “Building a Bridge: Cosmetic Plastic Surgery and Micropigmentation” I explored the connection between cosmetic plastic surgery and permanent makeup. I would personally now want to discuss how permanent makeup can work as part of the solution for a number of medical ailments.