Last reviewed 01/2018

Magnetic resonance imaging is a non-invasive method of obtaining images of different parts of the body. It is a safe technique and, except in a few circumstances, contrast agents are not required.

Absolute contraindications to MRI

  • Pacemaker or cardiac defibrillator
  • Cochlear implant
  • Neurostimulator
  • Orbital or spinal metallic foreign body
  • Untested intracranial aneurysm clips
  • Infusion pumps
  • Implanted drug infusion ports


  • 1) Arthritis Research UK (Summer 2013). Hands on - Musculoskeletal imaging for GPs.