Tattoos can be a safety risk that can hinder an MRI scan depending on the ingredients in the tattoo ink, and can result in burns if an MRI is obtained.
An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a special x-ray that is used to locate tumors or other abnormalities within the body. The MRI machine uses radio frequency waves to make protons in the body’s cells react.
Permanent makeup, which is tattooing around the eyes, is of particular concern and can result in burns, as can permanent eyebrow and lip liner tattoo.
If your doctor is planning on ordering an MRI, be sure to inform the technician if you have a tattoo or permanent makeup.
MRI burn from a tattoo: