I wonder if any of you might have an answer to a rather thorny
problem our family is facing. My husband has recently been fairly
seriously ill, and the doctors wanted to do an MRI. However, he had
jaw surgery about 11 years ago and has plates implanted in his jaw.
Unfortunately, neither his jaw surgeon from way back then, nor the
hospital where he had the surgery performed can guarantee that the
implants were completely non-ferrous metal (i.e., screws and
implants both). Therefore, our current doctors will not risk an
MRI, for the obvious reasons.
Now, the reason I’m sending this to you fine folks is that I’m
wondering whether you know of any way to definitively test from the
outside of the body, to see if an implant like this is magnetic?
Are there any characteristic things that show up in some type of
non-invasive testing that would be able to prove/disprove the
presence of ferrous metal? (Aside from sticking a refrigerator
magnet to the side of his jaw - we’ve tried it and it didn’t work.)
I realize this isn’t a health-issue list, but figured some of the
metallurgistically-minded (how’s that for a word!) among the Orchid
community might have a clue.
Many thanks for any help,