Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is increasingly used as the optimum modality for cardiac imaging. An aging population and rising numbers of patients with permanent pacemakers means many such individuals may require cardiac MRI scanning in the future. Whilst the presence of a permanent pacemaker is historically regarded as a contraindication to MRI scanning, pacemaker systems have been developed to limit any associated risks. No reports have been published regarding the use of such devices with cardiac MRI in a clinical setting. We present the safe, successful cardiac MRI scan of a patient with an MRI-conditional permanent pacing system.
Permanent pacemakers, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, implantable devices, imaging, case report.
Dr Andrew Hogarth, Specialist Registrar Cardiology (Cardiac Electrophysiology and Devices), The Yorkshire Heart Centre, Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds, LS1 3EX, UK Tel. +44.7939589356 – Fax: +44.113.3925751. E-mail: email@example.com
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