No effects of MRI scan on male reproduction hormones

Research Area: Research Year: 2012
Type of Publication: Article Keywords: MRI; reproductive hormones; male; electromagnetic field; inhibin B; testosterone; spermatogenesis; cross-over design
Authors: Møllerløkken, O.J.; Moen, B.E.; Baste, V.; Magerøy, N.; Oftedal, G.; Neto, Emanuel; Ersland, Lars; Bjørge, L.; Torjesen, P.A.; Hansson Mild, K.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is increasing around the world and the possible adverse effects on reproductive health of electromagnetic fields (EMF) in MRI are not previously studied. A prospective randomized balanced cross-over study using a head scan in real MRI with whole-body transmitting coil and sham MRI among 24 healthy male volunteers was conducted. Serum-blood samples of inhibin B, testosterone, prolactine, thyreotropine, luteinizing hormone, follicle stimulating hormone, sex-hormone binding globuline and estradiol were taken before and after the different scans. Neither immediately after, nor after 11 days were there seen any differences in the hormone levels comparing real and sham MRI. The lack of effects of EMF on male reproductive hormones should be reassuring to the public and especially for men examined in MRI. Adverse effects on other endpoints than male reproduction or possible chronic effect of multiple MRI scans have not been investigated in this study.
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