MRI safe with Pacemakers-New Study Raises Interesting Questions
Currently All ICDs, and the overwhelming majority of currently implanted pacemakers, are considered a contraindication to MRI by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and by device manufacturers.
But an interesting conclusion of a new study published in the October edition of Annals of Internal Medicine, says that with appropriate precautions, MRI can be done safely in patients with selected cardiac devices. Because changes in device variables and programming may occur, electrophysiologic monitoring during MRI is essential. In this study, with careful monitoring and in some cases reprogramming, patients with various types of implantable cardiac devices underwent MRI without apparent problems.
Reference- Ann Intern Med. 2011 Oct 4;155(7):415-24.
MRI safe with Pacemakers-New Study Raises Interesting Questions Reviewed by Sumer Sethi on Saturday, October 08, 2011 Rating: