Health Tip: MRI Isn't for Everyone

Who shouldn't have the test

(HealthDay News) -- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic procedure that gives doctors a detailed view of the body's organs and other tissues.

While acceptable for most people, MRI is not recommended for everyone.

Here is a list of people from whom MRI may not be recommended, courtesy of the Pennsylvania State University's Milton S. Hershey Medical Center:

  • Anyone with metal in the body, including metal plates, pins or magnets.
  • People with pacemakers.
  • Women who are pregnant, as MRIs risk to a fetus is not completely understood.
  • People who are claustrophobic.
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