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l- Ga00tt00 . HEALTH & FITNESS TUESDAY, JUNE 24- THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2008 29 Tattoos may present problem during MRI, CT testing Q.:/'m hav/ng an MR/and I heard that tattoos can present problems for this test. True? Fred Cicetti A. True. Tattoos can create a misdiagnosis with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR/) be- cause there is metal in many tat- too pigments. Magnets attract metals. So, tattoo pigments may interfere with the quality of the image from an MRI. In some rare cases, people experience swelling or burning in the tattoo when they have an MRI. If you have a tattoo, you should discuss it with your doc- tor before undergoing an MPd. A tattoo is made with pig- ments injected into the skin's top layer. A needle connected to a machine with dye tubes pierces the skin repeatedly. A large tattoo can take several hours. The process involves some bleeding and pain. Tattoos are very popular to- day. According to U.S. News & World Repo there:  more than 20000 tattoo parlors Oper- ating in the United States. The magazine ranked tattooing as the sixth fastest growing retail business of the 1990s. A recent study done by the Journal of the American Acade- my of Dermatology found that almost one in four Americans between 18 and 50 are tattooed. I was unable to fmd any statis- tics about how many seniors are getting new tattoos. My suspi- cion is that there aren't many of my contemporaries heading to tattoo parlors, although there are some with body art left over from their youths. During my research, I found an auction on eBay for Ove- the-Hill Temporary TattoOs for senior parties. I could not resist sharing some of these: Bite Me with dentures in a glass, Retire- ment Home Boy with skull and cross bones, Born to Ride across an electric scooter with flames andWho's Your Grand Daddy? over an anchor. Complications from tattoos are relatively uncommon. How- ever, there are risks that include blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis, tetanus, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS; granulomas, which are bumps that can form around a tattoo; keloids, which ! Delaware Hospice holds grief group for families Delaware Hospice offers a six- week Family Grief Support Group series from 6 to 7:45 pan., Thursdays, ]uly 10 through Aug. 28, at the Delaware Hospice of- fice on Old Landing Road in Millsboro. Parents or legal guardians and their children are invited to join other families who are going through similar experiences. The meetings will be facilitated by licensed grief counselors and will provide education, discus- sion, understanding, healing and support. Topics covered will include how parents and children grieve differently, what is normal and not normal in grief, how to cope with special days and holidays, why people feel the way they do and what they can do, special art projects and hands-on activities, and keeping memories alive through memory books. The Family Grief Support Group is free, but space is limited to 10 families. Registration is mandatory by calling Vicki Cos- ta, grief counselor, at 856-7717, Ext. 1129, by Monday, IUlY 7. are scars that grow beyond nor- real boundaries; local bacterial infections; and allergic reac- tions. If you decide to get a tat- too, make sure the establish- ment is licensed and reputable. Many people who get tattoos decide they want them removed because the artwork faded, be- came blurred or because their body changed with age. There are a variety of removal meth- ods, but none of them is perfect. 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