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    I went to see my GP yesterday as an old shoulder injury has been playing up for the past 5 years and I thought it was about time I had it looked at, to my surprise he booked me in for an MRI scan there and then, I’ve just been reading about the procedure and it mentions that if you have ever worked in a machine shop you will need to have your eyes X-rayed before they put you in the big tube as any metal fragments can be ‘sucked’ out and cause blindness… I spent the first 10 years of my working life machining aircraft parts.

    Anyone had an MRI scan for this sort of thing? Should I be scared?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gingerjedi View Post
    I went to see my GP yesterday as an old shoulder injury has been playing up for the past 5 years and I thought it was about time I had it looked at, to my surprise he booked me in for an MRI scan there and then, I’ve just been reading about the procedure and it mentions that if you have ever worked in a machine shop you will need to have your eyes X-rayed before they put you in the big tube as any metal fragments can be ‘sucked’ out and cause blindness… I spent the first 10 years of my working life machining aircraft parts.

    Anyone had an MRI scan for this sort of thing? Should I be scared?
    I've had an MRI scan, and whilst it isnt' painful it was uncomfortable.
    Stuck in a tube and having to lie there without moving, and only enough space to breath.... Not very nice...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gingerjedi View Post
    II spent the first 10 years of my working life machining aircraft parts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gingerjedi View Post
    I went to see my GP yesterday as an old shoulder injury has been playing up for the past 5 years and I thought it was about time I had it looked at, to my surprise he booked me in for an MRI scan there and then, I’ve just been reading about the procedure and it mentions that if you have ever worked in a machine shop you will need to have your eyes X-rayed before they put you in the big tube as any metal fragments can be ‘sucked’ out and cause blindness… I spent the first 10 years of my working life machining aircraft parts.

    Anyone had an MRI scan for this sort of thing? Should I be scared?
    I've had many a brain MRI scan as an unwilling subject of Mrs. OG's evil neuroscience experiments. It's absolutely fine but a bit claustrophobic and noisy - you'll get earplugs.

    Any metal in your body is a big problem, generally:

    implants, pacemakers, plates
    piercings (they need to be removed)
    Shrapnel and other fragments - maybe you need the x-ray, it is very carefully controlled

    You'll be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scooterscot View Post
    Do you remember that scene in x-men II when magneto escapes from his plastic prison by extracting the iron from the security guard? Well.... this will not happen to you.
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    yes I've had one done, I had a disc removed from my lower back. Lying in the tube is a bit of a drag. takes about 20min IIRC.

    yes metal is an issue, and they get you to get changed out of your cloathes into a gown, try not to take your CC there, my father had the same thing, and the machine wiped all the cc !!
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    I've had two, one before and one after surgery for two slipped disks in the neck. ( I thought it was just shoulder pain, but when my left arm got paralysed and my fingers went numb, I was a little alarmed. Oh, and it started to hurt a lot ).

    First one, I was on morphine and feeling very pukey. If I'd not had a panic button to press, I'd have panicked.

    Second one, a year after surgery, was much more relaxed. You have to change into a hospital gown, then just lie there for 15-20 minutes listening to wierd clicks and thumps. I could just see out of the bottom of my eye the outside world, so claustrophobia wasn't an issue.

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    According to "House", prison tattoos can, owing to metallic particles in the ink used, lead to excruciating pain, when the particles are drawn through the skin, like bizillions of little razors. Just a thought.

    [EDIT] Razor analogy is wrong. The metal oxide particles can heat-up and burn... rare, though.
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