Contraindications of the Research MRI Procedure

Nothing should enter the examination room that can be attracted to a magnet. All persons entering the examination room should review and identify any possible contraindications prior to entering the MRI scan room. Please fill out the MRI Screening Sheet before the patient is scanned. 

Absolute Contraindications:

  • Cardiac Pacemaker
  • Implanted cardiac defibrillator
  • Internal pacing wires
  • Clips such as cerebral, carotid, or aortic aneurysm
  • Cochlear implants
  • Any implant held in by magnet
  • Swan-Ganz catheter
  • Pregnant/possibly pregnant

Possible Contraindications:

  • Body piercings
  • Tattooed makeup (eyeliner, lips, etc.)
  • Dentures
  • Hearing aid? (remove before MRI)
  • Ocular implants
  • Artificial limb
  • Joint replacement
  • Metal rods or plates in body
  • Metal or wire mesh implants
  • Vascular access port of catheter
  • Transdermal delivery system (Nitro)
  • Vascular access port of catheter
  • Metal removed from your eye
  • Any metal fragments
  • Shunt (spinal or intraventricular)
  • Any type of prosthesis (eye, penile, etc.)
  • Heart valve prosthesis
  • Insulin or other drug infusion pump
  • Neurostimulator/Bone growth or fusion stimulator
  • Intravascular stents, filters, or coils
  • Electrodes (on body, head, or brain)
  • IUD or Diaphragm
  • Hospitalized
  • Surgery