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Plast Reconstr Surg. 1997 May;99(6):1717-20.

MRI interaction with tattoo pigments: case report, pathophysiology, and management.

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Department of Surgery, Toronto Hospital, Ontario, Canada.


A case is reported in which the presence of a decorative tattoo resulted in pain and termination of an MRI study. The ferromagnetic nature of the tattoo and iron oxide tattoo pigments is demonstrated. The pathophysiology of tattoo/MRI interaction is discussed, as is an approach to the prevention and treatment of this complication.

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