Safety:  CONDITIONAL

Bottom line: If removable by the patient, remove prior to MRI. If permanent or cemented, MRI permissible with thermal injury precautions.

Braces/Orthodontic devices

Safety:  Conditional

Risks:  Thermal, Magnetic

Conditions:

  • If device is removable by patient, remove prior to MRI
  • If device is permanent or cemented in place, MRI is permissible with precautions to monitor for thermal injury.

Comments: 

  • May cause image artifact if imaging the brain or facial structures.
  • Includes braces, palate expander, retainer, orthodontic headgear

Bottom line: If removable by the patient, remove prior to MRI. If permanent or cemented, MRI permissible with thermal injury precautions.