This might seem like a silly question to many of you, but I have always been under the (mistaken?) impression that a metal implant makes it impossible to safely have an MRI scan.
My new orthopedist recently ordered an MRI scan for me. I told him about the titanium plate in my left leg, and he said that wouldn't be a problem, but I'm sort of worried that he might have thought I was talking about the plate in my right leg, which was put there to repair a fracture, but has since been removed. The one in my left leg, which I got about ten years ago after an osteotomy, is still there.
Admittedly, I can't remember whether or not a doctor ever actually told me I shouldn't get into an MRI machine with that plate in my leg. But a friend of mine recently took his three-year-old daughter for an MRI, and he told me he had a metal splinter in his finger from a mishap at work, which was ripped out while he was holding his daughter's hand through the scan.
Also, there was an episode of House, M.D. on TV here two weeks ago, in which a woman who had three pins in her leg from a car accident was put into the MRI machine. She had neglected to tell the doctors about that accident, and the pins tore through her skin. Of course, that's just television, so I don't know how much stock to put in it. But it has me a little worried.
Can someone clarify this for me, please?