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Abstract #0176

Safety of tattoos in MRI: an interim report on a prospective study

Nikolaus Weiskopf 1 , David Bradbury 1 , Sheila Burns 1 , and Janice Glensman 1

1 Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, University College London, London, United Kingdom

Only few studies are published on the safety of tattoos in MRI. We present an interim report on a prospective study on all healthy volunteers with tattoos who were scanned at our lab. From our sample of 127 volunteers the probability of a tattoo related adverse reaction is estimated to be lower than 4.5% when additional precautions are applied. Although this is the first prospective study on this topic avoiding several potential confounds of previous studies, the particular sample and conditions studied may still limit general conclusions.

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