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Skin Care and Diseases

Tatoos

02/28/2006

Question:

does having a tatoo prohibit the use of an MRI or cat scan due to the dyes in the system?

Answer:

While some of the tatoos contains metal salts, particularly the yellows, greens, and reds of your tatoo, they should not cause a significant problem with an MRI.  I would, however, tell your radiologist, as some of these mega machines might cause edema in that area. 

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Response by:

Charles L Heaton, MD
Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati