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Permanent Eyebrow Tattoos

January 4, 2019

There has been news of an MR safety incident in New Zealand where two patients experienced RF burns from permanent eyebrow tattoos

Link to webpage

The ACR recommends that cold compresses or ice packs be placed on the tattooed areas and kept in place throughout the MRI process if these tattoos are within the volume in which the body coil is being used for RF transmission.

 (MHRA section 4.11.6)

Link to MHRA Guidelines

Tattoos can contain iron oxide or other ferrous material that are conductive. When scanning patients who have tattoos relevant safety information should be given to the patient before the scan starts, asking them to report any discomfort immediately.