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

Weishaupt, Dominik; Bremerich, Jens; Duru, Firat; Hoppe, Hanno; Rizzo, Elena; Votik, Peter; Luechinger, Roger (2011). Pacemakers and magnetic resonance imaging: Current status and survey in Switzerland. Swiss medical weekly, 141, w13147. Muttenz: EMH Schweizerischer Ärzteverlag 10.4414/smw.2011.13147

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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.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Radiology, Neuroradiology and Nuclear Medicine (DRNN) > Institute of Diagnostic, Interventional and Paediatric Radiology

UniBE Contributor:

Hoppe, Hanno

ISSN:

1424-7860

Publisher:

EMH Schweizerischer Ärzteverlag

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:22

Last Modified:

17 Mar 2015 21:00

Publisher DOI:

10.4414/smw.2011.13147

PubMed ID:

21293978

Web of Science ID:

000289993400001

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/7660 (FactScience: 212971)

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