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Pacemakers and magnetic resonance imaging: Current status and survey in Switzerland


Weishaupt, D; Bremerich, J; Duru, F; Hoppe, H; Rizzo, E; Votik, P; Luechinger, R (2011). Pacemakers and magnetic resonance imaging: Current status and survey in Switzerland. Swiss Medical Weekly, 141:w13147.

Abstract

Electromagnetic fields arising from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can cause various clinically relevant functional disturbances in patients with cardiac pacemakers. Consequently, an implanted pacemaker is generally considered a contraindication for an MRI scan. With approximately 60 million MRI scans performed worldwide per year, MRI may be indicated for an estimated majority of pacemaker patients during the lifetime of their pacemakers. The availability of MR conditional pacemakers with CE labelling is of particular advantage since they allow the safe use of pacemakers in MRI. In this article the current state of knowledge on pacemakers and MR imaging is discussed. We present the results of a survey conducted among Swiss radiologists to assess current practice in patients with pacemakers.

Electromagnetic fields arising from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can cause various clinically relevant functional disturbances in patients with cardiac pacemakers. Consequently, an implanted pacemaker is generally considered a contraindication for an MRI scan. With approximately 60 million MRI scans performed worldwide per year, MRI may be indicated for an estimated majority of pacemaker patients during the lifetime of their pacemakers. The availability of MR conditional pacemakers with CE labelling is of particular advantage since they allow the safe use of pacemakers in MRI. In this article the current state of knowledge on pacemakers and MR imaging is discussed. We present the results of a survey conducted among Swiss radiologists to assess current practice in patients with pacemakers.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Cardiology
04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Biomedical Engineering
Dewey Decimal Classification:170 Ethics
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:February 2011
Deposited On:22 Jan 2012 10:17
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:27
Publisher:EMH Swiss Medical Publishers
ISSN:0036-7672
Publisher DOI:10.4414/smw.2011.13147
PubMed ID:1293978
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-56459

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