A friend of a friend recently FREAKED HER OUT, when he told her that her tattoos could BURN her when she goes in for an MRI later this month.
So after searching the internet (never the best idea) and allowing MYTHBUSTERS to debunk that tattoos can EXPLODE during an MRI…
We did discovere some interesting information. Your Tattoos CAN burn you during an MRI. Mythbusters even mentioned that in the video – cases of increased heat and blistering.
Gizmodo reported that in 2011:
In 2011, a football player went in for an MRI, presumably to see what horrible, horrible things his chosen profession was doing to his body. He came out of the MRI machine worse than he went in. The authors of a paper about the incident explained that he had “an immediate and sustained cutaneous reaction,” which means “he got a burn.” The burn was at the site of a tattoo on his lower body.
And while manufacturers say most inks don’t contain iron oxide, there have been cases of iron showing up in tattoos like permanent eye-liner and other tattoos that contain brighter colors of red, orange, brown, or black ink.
The best advice from all sides was to make SURE you talk to your doctor or specialist ahead of time.