Harvard Heart Letter

MRI safe pacemakers?

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Hospital found that 24 models of pacemakers and implanted defibrillators (see table) seemed to be safe for use in a standard MRI machine. Keep in mind that the Hopkins protocol included temporarily reprogramming implanted devices for the duration of the MRI, turning off defibrillators' shock function, reducing the energy of the MRI, continuous monitoring with an electrocardiogram during the scan, and making sure that equipment for restarting the heart and performing CPR were immediately available. This study does not give a green light for MRIs in everyone with a pacemaker or implanted defibrillator. Pacemakers and defibrillators that satisfactorily underwent MRI testing at Johns Hopkins Hospital Manufacturer
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