are pods able to go through an MRI????
Hello Joey: I just had an MRI a month or so ago. They advised me to remove the Dexcom and the Pod for the MRI. However my hip area was being evaluated , and they may have wanted a clear reading of the area, not disturbed by "Hardware". If the pod is not on the area for the exam, ask them if the pod would be damaged by the process .
Pods have to be removed based on personal experience less than a year ago. The technologist will surely let you know. They are super careful about those things. The Omnipod user guide also advises it not be exposed to strong magnetic fields
No…I had to remove my pod .
It has to be removed, or the MRI will pull it off completly. Nothing metallic allowed in the room.
Not a chance. An MRI is essentially a large magnet. It will suck the pod right off of your skin.
No, it will ruin the MRI. I had to remove mine.
And if you are perchance lying on top of the pod, the MRI will pull it right through your body, obliterating any organs that happen to be in the way.
I’m fairly certain that I may have exaggerated the dangers just a bit. But the bottom line is that Pods and MRIs do not play well together!
Ok weird! Now I’m nervous! I’ve worn Omnipod for ten years with almost as many MRI’s. Never has anyone asked me to remove it!! I am so happy nothing has been sucked off my skin or that I was sucked up and funneled to Narnia!! Ugh!
You, Cynthia, are clearly of alien origin otherwise you would not have lived to tell this tale!
I would recommend that you do take off your omnipod. The user guide says to take if off before X-rays, as well as CAT and MRI scans. In fact, imaging specialists are told to not even allow insulin pumps into the same room as the scanners. Below is a video of exactly how strong these magnetic fields are:
Oh The Drama! This is when the DOC is FOS!! It’s not that the magnet will pull product out of you, otherwise folks with metal fillings and metal joint replacements and such would not be able to get MRI. The issue with stuff like an insulin pump and/or a pacemaker It is that the magnets could damage the electronic equipment. The idea that the magnet will pull a pod (or even a pacemaker) through your body is ludicrous. When you go into the room, a metal detector indicates if there is an issue and then the tech will determine the what to do. Glad you have found pod imaging is doable Cynthia!
Actually the bigger issue is that any metal within the magnetic field has a huge potential to distort the images. I know because I accidentally wore an underwire bra into an MRI of my lower back when I needed one in the ER… the technician came in and told me she couldn’t get a clear image due to distortion and asked me if I was still wearing my bra… and I was. Prior to the MRI they had only asked me to remove my pants, not “everything”, so I hadn’t taken off my top or my bra. I didn’t notice/feel anything weird because I still had it on - it certainly wasn’t ripped from my body
Seriously, did you think I was serious when I posted that the Pod would be sucked through your body?!?
I even posted in the next lines in the same post that I was exaggerating.
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Seriously, did you think I was serious when I posted that the Pod would be sucked through your body?!? I even posted in the next lines in the same post that I was exaggerating.[/quote]
No, I did not. But someone else might not realize you were exaggerating. You even said you “were fairly certain”…
Many of the replies suggested misinformation. Misinformation is not helpful, even if it was in jest.
An MRI is essentially a large magnet. It will suck the pod right off of your skin.
Depending on the strength I’m guessing. Standard MRI machines (as of 2020 I think) are only 1.5-3 tesla (T). For comparison, one of those junkyard magnets that can lift a car are about 1 T .
Research machines are as high as 7-11 T And there apparently are ones even higher (21 T MRI - Google Search)
 “As MRI strength increases, so do concerns about magnet safety” (PhysicsWorld 2021) [As MRI strength increases, so do concerns about magnet safety – Physics World]
I don’t remove it unless it’s in the way of the imaging.
I had my insulin pump fail from the magnet scanners in an airport metal detector. I wouldn’t even attempt it.
But the pods are disposable. I’m not so worried about that part.