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MRI after fusion surgery

No one warned me, so I want to share this info with others. A day or so after my fusion surgery (T12 to S1, with two rods and who knows how many screws) I was sent for an MRI to check my results. No one told me the titanium would get HOT. I had many MRIs before, with few problems. This one was toasty. I thought since titanium was safe in an MRI that it would not react. Wrong. So brace yourself, and tell the tech if the heat becomes unbearable.



  • I've had MRI's since my fusion (Rods, screws and cages) and I've never had that issue.  This might be a silly question, but do you have any staples in your back closing the incisions? 

    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 12,893

    As what EMS Guy just stated, I also have had many MRIs after having titanium in many parts of my body and never had any problems.   When you fill out the pre-check list for MRIs they ask for any type of metal.  If you ask about titanium, they will tell you that that is never a problem.

    Wonder if there was some other problem going on.  You have to go under the assumption that all the rods and screws were quality titanium

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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  • After the MRI, the techs told me the overheating is sometimes a problem and that they monitor for any serious burning. No, I had no staples, just dissolving stitches and glue. Guess it is just my bad luck to get an unusual reaction. 


  • mrossomx2mmrossomx2 Coal center Posts: 79

    some lotions, creams, betadine etc can cause burning as well. but definitely be cautious

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