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My wife is going for an MRI before Cancer surgery today.
As she is claustrophobic, I will be in the MRI room with her to help out/support.
I'm not sure if they will allow any metal in the room so this question may be moot, but if they do, am I better off with my Citizen Eco-Drive, or Stowa Flieger?

Thanks guys and gals!

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You cannot bring any metal in the room with you, especially anything magnetic like steel. If they let you in the room, leave your watch, wallet, electronics, and anything else metallic (belt, coins) outside the room.

The magnet in an MRI is extremely powerful, and anything ferromagnetic is potentially a projectile. And, since the magnet is always on regardless of whether a scan is being performed, you should not bring anything metal into the MRI room even if you think it is off.


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You cannot bring any metal in the room with you, especially anything magnetic like steel. If they let you in the room, leave your watch, wallet, electronics, and anything else metallic (belt, coins) outside the room.

The magnet in an MRI is extremely powerful, and anything ferromagnetic is potentially a projectile. And, since the magnet is always on regardless of whether a scan is being performed, you should not bring anything metal into the MRI room even if you think it is off.


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There's nothing wrong with metals that aren't effected by magnets(for example: titanium). I have been inside an MRI with several piercings(with permission, of course) and absolutely nothing happened.

As for a watch, no I wouldn't take one anywhere near a MRI machine. They're not friendly with each other and just based on size ratio I'm pretty sure MRI will come out as a winner every single time. Don't bring the watch to a battle it cannot win.
 

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Most MRI labs will not even let you take in non-magnetic metals just out of an abundance of caution. You'll be removed of all these objects in the antechamber. Remember, you won't be holding your own watch at this point (it'll probably be in a box outside or a locker if they provide one) so even though it won't get near an MRI, bring something you're not super concerned with losing.
 

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This came up last month and I looked up a few things -as I remember - The Omega Agua Terra 15,000 Gauss is the reining king of the rather limited group of antimagnetic watches, followed by the Rolex Milgauss at 1000 Gauss rating. The Omega should be OK around any current MRI machine - but, the technology of MRI is to ever increase the amount of the magnetic field, so who knows what we will be using 10 years down the road.

Despite the fact that the AT would be safe near one I doubt the tech will let you wear one - my wife took one of those 4 prog canes over the line several years ago. It flew up and out of her hand, went about 6 feet and attached itself to the MRI machine so well that it took the tech AND me to remove it. Can't see them chancing trying that with a watch which would have significantly less "handle" area to pull on.

Get some good earplugs if you have the time - some of the machine are LOUD, but they're getting quieter all the time (I've been 'hand holding' about once a year for the last 20 years!). Most imaging centers have headphone for the paient (depending on where they are looking, of course) and you should ask - they don'y always offer.

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This came up last month and I looked up a few things -as I remember - The Omega Agua Terra 15,000 Gauss is the reining king of the rather limited group of antimagnetic watches, followed by the Rolex Milgauss at 1000 Gauss rating. The Omega should be OK around any current MRI machine - but, the technology of MRI is to ever increase the amount of the magnetic field, so who knows what we will be using 10 years down the road.

Despite the fact that the AT would be safe near one I doubt the tech will let you wear one - my wife took one of those 4 prog canes over the line several years ago. It flew up and out of her hand, went about 6 feet and attached itself to the MRI machine so well that it took the tech AND me to remove it. Can't see them chancing trying that with a watch which would have significantly less "handle" area to pull on.

Get some good earplugs if you have the time - some of the machine are LOUD, but they're getting quieter all the time (I've been 'hand holding' about once a year for the last 20 years!). Most imaging centers have headphone for the paient (depending on where they are looking, of course) and you should ask - they don'y always offer.

Best wishes for the results.
While the MRI's magnetic field might not affect the Omega AT 15K Gauss if the watch was properly secured, I suspect that if left unsecured, it will take a serious beating if it goes flying at and smacking into the side wall of a MRI. While I think the AT 15K Gauss has very interesting technology, I wonder what kind of forces your wrist will experience if you actually wore the AT in a 18K Gauss magnetic field, and whether you'll just end up dislocating or fracturing your wrist doing that.
 
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I've had a couple of MRI scans now and cast off all metallic objects. The technicians even took my titanium framed specs out of the room.
 

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I think everyone is overreacting here , I just recently had a few MRIs and all my stuff was inside the room a few feet from the machine, phone, automatic watches, no problems at all.
 

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Several US hospitals and imaging centers post MRI tips. You should also be careful about the risk of having magnetic strips on credit/debit and other cards erased. They'll tell you what to leave outside the room. I hope her surgery and results are successful.
 

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I think everyone is overreacting here , I just recently had a few MRIs and all my stuff was inside the room a few feet from the machine, phone, automatic watches, no problems at all.
You sure you had an MRI and not a CT scan? CT scanners don't affect ferromagnetic objects or electronics since they operate with X-rays, whereas MRIs use very powerful magnetic fields.


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For a little "first hand" information. Long time ago, working EMS. Another unit had taken a child into the room for an outpatient MRI. The O2 tank took off (with the child's head with it). I believe the they not only had to pay the damages for that poor child's life, but also the month that the MRI company lost in revenue for having repairs. 1st hand, whenever I would have to go in to provide ventilatory support or anesthesia, I would have a 15 lb flack jacket on and stripped down of pretty much anything but plastic and drugs.
 

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My wife is going for an MRI before Cancer surgery today.
As she is claustrophobic, I will be in the MRI room with her to help out/support.
I'm not sure if they will allow any metal in the room so this question may be moot, but if they do, am I better off with my Citizen Eco-Drive, or Stowa Flieger?

Thanks guys and gals!

Robert

I don't care about the watch but I wish your wife all the best for her operation.
 

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An interesting debate you guys have going.
Anyway, when I had an MRI I was required to change into a hospital gown, or whatever it's called, and told to leave my clothes and ALL my belongings in an assigned locker. Then, I was escorted into the MRI room, simple as that.
 

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Thanks to everyone for their comments.
In the end, everything was requested to be taken off and stored in a secured locker. No Metal allowed in the MRI room.
All went well today, but confirmed surgery for thursday.

Thanks everyone. I'll be away for a little while, but still lurk here and there....
 
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