Safety:  CONDITIONAL

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

Palate Expander

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.

See Also: Braces/Orthodontic devices

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