Piercings & Doctor’s Orders: How Does Body Jewelry Affect Medial Tests?

woman with labret and nose hoopThere are 206 bones in the human body. If at any point in your life you break one, odds are that you will need an X-Ray. What if you don’t break a bone? What if you’re just part of over 10 percent of the United States population that suffers from migraines? Odds are good that your doctor is going to want an MRI.

Whether you’re facing these concerns now or you think they will never apply to you, it’s good to know how these tests will affect your jewelry. It’s a good to be proactive about these things, and in this case it’s even easy. We’ve done the research for you…

MRI: MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and in this case the name kind of says it all. Wearing metal jewelry in an MRI can not only ruin the doctor’s test results, but it will also be extremely painful and dangerous for you. Possible complications can be as mild as a 2 or 3-grade irritation on the pain scale to an 8 or 9 burning sensation. For this reason, if you’re going to get an MRI and your piercing is too new to remove the jewelry, follow the doctor’s orders when prepping for this test.

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X-Ray: In the past you wouldn’t have been able to keep your body jewelry in while getting an extra, but fortunately modern medicine has come a long way. There are some instances where your doctor will still ask you to remove your jewelry (for example, if he needs to examine an area too close to the piercing), but most of the time it shouldn’t be a problem. As you can see in this image, your bling just shows up as a white figure in the shape of whatever you’re wearing. Can you guess what this girl had pierced?

CT Scan: Head and neck issues and injuries often require a CT scan. For this test, you cannot wear metals or even glass. Why? This test relies on radiation, which causes the jewelry to give off a reflection that can compromise the image. If you’re worried about a new piercing closing up, an acrylic retainer may work, but as with an MRI, it’s best to follow doctor’s orders.

We understand; piercings are a lot of work, and you don’t want to go through the whole process again. Unfortunately, if you’re facing something serious and your doctor insists that you remove your body jewelry, you don’t have much of a choice. Your best bet is to wait to remove your jewelry until right before you have the test done, and put it back in as soon as possible afterwards. Good luck!





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