Hey friends, this is kind of serious. We, as a people, wear yoga pants just about everywhere these days out of convenience and maximum comfort, but hospitals across the country are sending out a message to all our stretchy-bottomed butts…please do not wear your yoga pants while getting an MRI!
Here’s why: The metallic fibers found in some hi-tech yoga pants and other fitness gear can actually give you burns during an MRI scan. Lululemon, for example, is being called out for their patented silver-threaded aka “Silverescent” fabric, but other brands like Athleta use metallic microfibers as well. For the same reason you must remove all jewelry and metallic objects, radiologists are asking everyone to leave their comfy yoga pants at home.
If more patients were aware of the risks, they’d leave their yoga pants at home. Patients can get burned because of a process similar to what happens during magnetic induction cooking, said Haifang Li, an image scientist in the radiology department at the Stony Brook School of Medicine in New York. Even metal fibers in underwear can burn the patient’s skin, Li said.
Um…yikes? The scary part is you might not even know if your clothing has metallic fibers in it unless you specifically check. And you’ll want to, because wearing anything metallic could cause serious injury like it did for an 11-year-old girl who unwittingly wore a shirt with silver microfibers that went undetected pre-scan and who wound up with second-degree burns.
So, when in doubt, we say go old school cotton. Remember our old friends, sweat pants and worn-in t-shirt? Save that stink-fighting, sweat-wickingness for the yoga studio, or the supermarket, or your living room couch, night on the town, Sunday brunch, first date, best friend’s wedding, etc.
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