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Have you ever wondered what's inside the ink of a tattoo? Considering it's a somewhat invasive, very permanent change to your body, it seems like there would be some sort of oversight or regulation when it comes to the materials used. By our research though, that does not appear to be the case. Tattoo artists use a range of ink types, some they make themselves, some with organic compounds, others with traces of metal that can pose a health problem.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging uses large magnetics and radio waves to capture detailed images of human tissue. Before patients undergo an MRI, they are instructed to remove all metal jewelry so as not to interfere with the procedure. However, there have been instances of patients with tattoos experiencing pain due to the make-up of the ink in their tattoos. If there is any trace of iron in the ink, the magnetic waves will hit the metal, which will then emit heat. It gets so hot it even has the potential to inflict second degree burns.
Although these complications are relatively rare, it's worth mentioning to your doctor if you have a tattoo and are planning to undergo an MRI. As discussed on this episode, there's also some considerable concerns when getting a CAT scan-be sure to remove all metal jewelry, or you won't be able to get any image at all.
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"From infectious diseases to allergic reactions, tattoos carry many risks but one often overlooked safety hazard is how tattoos react to MRI scans."
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"Tongue piercing may not just be hard on parents' eyes but may also be damaging to kids' teeth and gums. A new study shows extended wear of barbell-type tongue jewelry can cause receding gums and chipped teeth."