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Look this is for your health. Be sensible and use your brain, if the doctors say it is not safe to have an MRI scan with your kara and kirpan then take them off and put them back on afterwards.

If you had to have brain surgery then wouldn't you remove your pagh?

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Anything metallic has to be removed, even pins, glitter etc. are not allowed. It's best to wear clothes with zero metal, such as metal stud, or zipper.

On the plus side, you are allowed to take your own cd, which you can listen to, via their own earphones, during the scan. Take a Gurbani cd, and they will play it for you....

Waheguru....

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Some people with medical metal implants cannot have MRI scans. Most metal orthopaedic implants are MRI compatible though nowadays. With regards to iron based metals its a no-no. Remove the kakkars prior to the scan and put them back on afterwards. As soon as its practical, do Ardas. During the scan itself it is worth doing jaap simran in your mind or quietly. The scan will typically last about 15mins, you need to keep your body still so they can get the best image. The scan itself is noisy and a tight fit. You may be offered headphones with the radio to distract you, but I preferred to just close my eyes and do Waheguru simran with my hands folded over on my chest when I had to have a scan - this kept me calm, helped me keep still and distracted my ears from the psychadelic noises of the machine as it scans you. Hope all turns out well for you.

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Metal and MRI are not friends. Some Sikhs take the kakkars off but keep them attached to their body depending on which area of the body is being scanned. If it is upper body then some take off their kirpan and kara and keep them attached to their lower legs. This is just a suggestion. Otherwise take them off and put them back on afterwards. When you get home do one Jap Ji Sahib for each kakkar that was separated from your body and do Ardaas.

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Depends what is being Scanned. When I had mine done just lower body, As I couldn't take my kara off my arm was let dangling outside the machine and tape was applied to it (the kara to the arm so it wouldn't move). The magnetic field is really strong (my arm was at times pulled towards the machine even though it was outside), so no metal will be allowed within the machine (inside the dougnut). You maybe able to hold in your kirpan in your hand outside the machine but it'll be taped up (depends on the radiographer, mine was indian so realised about the 5k's).

As others have mentioned its about being pragmatic in such circumstances. The MRI machines cost about a million pounds so expect the radiographer to be very careful with any metal items on you.

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