You should not have an MRI scan if you are pregnant or possibly pregnant.
It is very important to inform your doctor, his nurse or the MRI technologist prior to the scan if you have any metal implants or objects. Your doctor will decide if you can safely be scanned.
Unsafe metallic implants or objects include aneurysm clips, artificial heart valves, bullets, cardiac pacemakers, eye prostheses, hip or knee prostheses (less than six weeks), insulin pump implants, vascular clips (less than six weeks), middle or inner ear prostheses, shrapnel, wire sutures (less than six weeks), metal filings or shavings in the face or eyes, TENS units (electronic nerve stimulator), and wire mesh.
If you have ever been a metal worker, it is important that you inform the doctor of this. If you have ever had a piece of metal penetrate your eyeball you must have an x-ray of your eyes to make sure that no metal remains before your MRI scan.
This information is asked on the MRI questionnaire and will be reviewed by the MRI technologist. By signing the questionnaire, you are stating that the answers are correct and that you are aware of the need to provide this information prior to MRI scan for your own safety.