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Unfallchirurg. 2005 May;108(5):410-4.

[MRT-induced burns in tattooed patients. Case report of an traumatic surgery patient].

[Article in German]

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Klinik und Poliklinik f├╝r Unfallchirurgie, Universit├Ątsklinik, Mainz.


Skin burns to patients with tattoos during MRI procedures are reported but rare complications. MRI scans are being used more often also as diagnostic procedures in trauma patients. In this article we present the case of a patient after trauma of the vertebral column who experienced burning pain at the site of a tattoo on the distal femur during the MRI examination, necessitating cessation of this procedure. Based on this example we discuss possible pathomechanisms of MRI-induced skin burns to patients with tattoos. It becomes clear that patients have to be asked about possible tattoos before MRI scans and should be informed about possible pain development.

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