Who cannot have an MRI:

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is very safe and most people can have the scan, including women who are pregnant and young children. Most parts of the patient’s body (with the exception of chest and abdomen) can be imaged in our state-of-the-art upright MRI scanner, however, there are certain situations when an MRI cannot be performed.

Patients with any of the following metal implants cannot have an MRI because strong magnets used during the scan can affect these metal implants including:
  • Cardiac pacemaker
  • External pacer wires
  • Cochlear implants
  • Implanted hearing aids
  • Some aneurysm clips

People who may have been exposed to metal fragments in their eyes, such as welders or sheet metal workers, may require an x-ray to verify eligibility for an upright MRI.

People who have had previous spinal implants or joint replacements can still have an MRI depending on the location of the metal.

Additional factors that may influence why an upright MRI cannot be done include:
  • Patients who weigh more than 226 kilograms (500 pounds), or
  • Children who require sedation

Eligibility for an upright MRI will be determined on an individual basis. Please contact our team for more details so we can get the process moving for you.

Phone: Kamloops: 250-828-6740 Toll Free (North America): 1-866-759-2674
Hours of Operation 8a – 4p Pacific Standard Time Monday to Friday
Email: mri@welcomebackcentre.com