Jewelry artifacts

Dr Daniel J Bell and Dr Ian Bickle et al.

It is common to see jewelry artifacts on imaging examinations, most commonly plain radiographs, although also on other modalities, where they can produce unhelpful artifacts that may obscure important structures and preclude confident diagnostic evaluation 1.

These include:

  • body piercings in many different anatomical locations
    • most commonly earrings
    • nose studs/rings
    • nipple rings
    • umbilical rings
    • genital rings
    • also tongue, lips, eyebrow, chin, etc.
  • necklaces, bracelets, anklets, chains etc.
  • finger and - much more rarely - toe rings

It is therefore incumbent upon the patient to remove jewelry before an imaging examination if it is likely to create diagnostic confusion. Usually, the radiographer will request that a patient removes all jewelry before imaging is performed.

Imaging technology

Article information

rID: 33380
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Body piercing artifacts
  • Body piercing artifact
  • Jewellery artefacts
  • Jewellery artifacts
  • Jewellery on x-rays
  • Jewelry on radiographs

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: umbilical ring
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  • Case 2: nipple rings
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  • Case 3: nipple bars
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  • Case 4: necklace
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  • Case 5: nose ring
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