MRI does not have any known side-effects. It is safe for the majority of patients; however, screening must take place prior to the scan to be sure we take proper precautions. For example, we prefer to not scan patients with full metal oral braces as the images may be distorted. We also ask that anyone who enters the MRI room to empty their pockets of metal objects. The strong magnet within the machine may pull these items and/or distort the images.
MRI is not recommended for women who are pregnant, unless it is medically necessary. If you are nursing and having an MRI with contrast, we recommend that you not nurse for 24 hours after the MRI.