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Exposures, limits, safe systems of work. This section explores safety issues in magnetic resonance imaging.

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Heating: Eyelids

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Why might a patient complain of a heating effect on their eyelids?

Permanent cosmetics, tattoos and eye makeup can contain ferromagnetic content. This may causing local heating effects during the MR examination. Makeup should be removed and a cold, wet washcloth can be used as a heat-sink during the examination.

This patient had metallic content on her eyelids. Notice the distortion of the orbits.

Further reading on this topic:
Books: MHRA Guidelines p57
Online:, Kanal, IMRSER pdf (1K)

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