|To your good health: Metal joints in MRI: sleuthing safety|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am considering minimally invasive spine surgery. Almost 19 years ago, I had a right total-knee replacement, which still functions very well. I believe the replacement parts are made with stainless steel. No physician I have questioned about the danger of having an MRI with metal parts in my body has been willing or able to give me a straight answer about the safety of an MRI with a metal knee. They respond with “It should be OK” or “It might heat up a little,” etc., but no guarantee of safety.
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