Can an X-ray affect my tattoo?
A regular X-ray will not damage your tattoo. A type of imaging called magnetic resonance imaging heats up some of the components of tattoo ink. This may result in a skin burn. Burning can be prevented if a cold, wet cloth is placed over the tattoo before the MRI is performed. However, it's possible for the tattoo to affect the MRI image.
One final piece of advice:
Think carefully before getting a tattoo. Never get a tattoo if you are drinking or doing drugs. What seemed like a good idea the night before may be regretted in the morning.
The history of tattoos:
• Tattoos date back 5,200 years. Early tattoos were made by cutting the skin and rubbing powdered charcoal in the wound.
• Scientists believe tattoos may have been an early form of medical treatment.
• Tattoos have been found on female Egyptian mummies. Ancient Egyptians believe tattoos prevented difficult pregnancies and births.
• In the 10th and 11th centuries, crusaders had tattoos of crosses. If killed, that person would receive a Christian burial.
• Tattoos have been used to mark slaves and criminals.
• In many tribal communities, facial tattoos indicated a person's status and accomplishments.
• In the 5th century, the Japanese developed tattoos into a fine art with intricate designs and colors.
• In 19th and 20th century America, tattoos were mostly associated with sailors, fringe cultures, prisoners and gangs.
• Tattoos are now regarded as body art that has a special meaning to the individual.
• Some women use tattoos as permanent makeup (e.g. eyeliner).