Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
What Affects the Test
Reasons you may not be able to have the test or why the results may not be helpful include:
- Pregnancy. An MRI test usually is not done during pregnancy. But MRI may be done to get more information about a possible problem that cannot be seen clearly with Reference ultrasound Opens New Window.
- Medical devices that use electronics, such as a pacemaker or medicine infusion pump. The MRI magnet may cause problems with these devices, and that may keep you from having an MRI.
- Medical devices that have metal in them. The metal might make some of the detailed MRI pictures blurry. This may prevent your doctor from seeing the organ that is being looked at. For example, an Reference intrauterine device (IUD) Opens New Window with metal may prevent your doctor from seeing the uterus clearly.
- Inability to remain still during the test.
- Reference Obesity Opens New Window. A person who is very overweight may not fit into standard MRI machines.
Many modern medical devices that do not use electronics—such as heart valves, stents, or clips—can be safely placed in most MRI machines. But some newer MRI machines have stronger magnets. The safety of MRI scans with these stronger MRI magnets in people with medical devices is not known.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference May 16, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Howard Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology