Have you ever wondered why you have to remove your piercings when you go in for an x-ray?
When you head in for some radiology, your nurse or technician might tell you that you'll have to remove your piercings before receiving an x-ray. What if you have piercings that can't be taken out, or jewelry that you've never actually taken out before? Eyebrow rings, tongue rings, nose rings, you name it - this can be a frightening experience, especially if it's on-the-spot sprung on you. Will the x-ray irradiate your jewelry? Will it burst into flames into the machine? Will some strong, magnetic field forcefully rip it out of your body?!
In most cases, the answer is a little less scary than you might think... Body jewelry appears as a solid black (or white) object on an x-ray. This opacity can obscure the x-ray from capturing important medical information related to your condition. For example: your ears/nostrils may hide important information about your jaw or nasal passages; tongue, lip, and medusa piercings may block the view of your mouth, teeth and gums; and belly/nipple piercings may block information related to your internal organs.
Disclaimer: Body Candy is only here to give you fun and helpful advice and information when it comes to getting pierced. Your health is more important than a piercing - always listen to your doctor's advice and always ask a professional piercer for help if you know you'll be heading in for an x-ray sometime soon.
Looks like this individual has a whole face full of piercings! In this x-ray:
- A septum ring is visible in the nose - there may also be nose rings here.
- A tongue ring is visible running vertical through the patient's tongue, mid-mouth.
- A "smiley" or lip frenulum piercing can be seen to the right of the tongue piercing.
- Two lip piercings can be seen here - these are most likely either labrets, a monroe and a madonna, or some variation of a "bite" piercing (snake bites, cyber bites, etc.)
This x-ray is printed out on a well-loved piece of paper. In this x-ray:
- Plugs (most likely 0 or 00 gauge) can be seen visible in both earlobes.
- A tragus, conch, or daith piercing is visible above the plug on the right.
- A tongue piercing is visible in the center of the mouth.
This is an interesting case - this individual happens to have a pacemaker implanted in their buttocks. We certainly don't consider that a piercing, but also included in this x-ray:
- A VCH (female genital) piercing can be seen in the lower middle of the x-ray.
This patient has had some dental work - a top and bottom retainer can be seen on the teeth. Also included in this x-ray:
- A cartilage stud worn in a tragus piercing can be seen on the right.
- A small nose ring can be seen in the left nostril.
- Another hoop can be seen faintly on the left - most likely worn in a daith or conch piercing.
This is a close-up x-ray of a patient's. In this x-ray:
- A nose ring adorned with a tiny cross can be seen quite visibly.
This is a simple one. In this x-ray:
- A nose hoop with a small charm or ball can be seen inserted in the patient's nostril piercing.
This one is a picture taken of the computer screen in a dentist's office. In this x-ray:
- The patient's tongue ring can be seen in the middle of the x-ray. In this case, it looks like the patient moved their tongue while the x-ray was being taken, resulting in a bit of distortion in the image.
- A small nose bone can also be see in this picture, slightly above the tongue piercing.
This patient has a lot of modifications! In this x-ray:
- A plug (potentially a cheater plug) can be see on the right side of this x-ray.
- A "smiley" or lip frenulum piercing can be seen in the center of the mouth, in front of the teeth.
- This patient is wearing a horseshoe ring in their septum piercing, visible directly above the smiley
- A small nose stud/nose bone can be seen in the nostril
In this x-ray:
- A barbell can be seen in this patient's nipple piercing. If you look closely, you can see the ribcage beneath the breast tissue.
This one comes straight out of the Body Candy Archives! This is one of our first customer-submitted x-rays. In this x-ray:
- A navel ring can be seen in the belly button. It appears in front of the patient's spine.