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Tattoo complications and magnetic resonance imaging: a comprehensive review of the literature

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Tattooed patients undergoing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can develop cutaneous complications during the procedure. Our aim was to review all published case reports on MRI-induced tattoo complications to identify a possible pattern. So far, 17 cases have been reported. Five (29%) of the cases were in cosmetic tattoos. Symptoms are abrupt and painful with fast onset during MRI, sometimes requiring termination of the procedure. Clinical signs are absent or manifested as inflammation sensed as burning. No thermal skin burns have been recognized. Full recovery is fast, with no sequelae. MRI-induced tattoo complications are uncommon. Patients with cosmetic and traditional tattoos can undergo routine MRI.

Original languageEnglish
JournalActa Radiologica
Volume61
Issue number12
Pages (from-to)1695-1700
Number of pages6
ISSN0284-1851
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Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

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  • Burns/etiology, Humans, Magnetic Resonance Imaging/adverse effects, Pain/etiology, Risk Factors, Skin Diseases/etiology, Tattooing/adverse effects

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