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I am having an MRI and they ask if you have had any  heart surgery using metal devices.  I had a PDA repaired 4 years ago.  I have no idea about the details but I understand sometimes they use metal clips?  Were these used in 1966?  And they would show up on a chest xray wouldn't they?  If you have one of those, should you  not get an MRI?  Thank you.
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You are asking if it is okay to undergo an MRI if you have metal clips (1966 vs. 4 years ago)?

I would recommend reviewing your surgical records and a recent chest X-ray to determine the type and presence of any surgical clips. These clips should show up on a chest X-ray. I would review this history with the radiologist giving you the MRI and the cardiologist who is following you.

Thanks for your question.

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Thank you.  I meant 34 years ago but I guess it would actually be 36.  Duh.
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