Tattoos, Piercings Can Present Problems for ED Physicians

From ACEP News:

Body modifications are all the rage, so emergency physicians need to know that troublesome tattoos can interfere with MRIs, and should keep a pair of pliers handy to deal with problematic piercings.

Approximately 36% of Americans aged 25-29 years have one or more tattoos. Piercings are most common, for now, among 16- to 20-year-olds, 47% of whom have rings, anchors, studs, or other metallic objects poking through various body parts. Some 10% of Americans aged 12-15 years and 27% of people aged 21-25 years have body piercings, Dr. Rachel L. Chin said at the Scientific Assembly of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

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