Begoa Igual-Muoz1, Vicente Martinez-Sanjuan2, JORDI ESTORNELL3, JOSE MONMENEU3, PILAR LOPEZ-LEREU3, ALICIA MACEIRA3, Maria Jose Sancho-Tello4
1Cardiac image unit , ERESA, valencia, Spain; 2radiology, ERESA, valencia; 3TAC-RM, ERESA-HGUV, VALENCIA, Spain; 4Cardiology, Hospital universitari i politecnic la FE, Valencia, Spain
Recent studies suggest that cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) could be carried out in those patients with implanted antiarrhythmic devices (AAD), such as pacemakers (PM) or implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD), with minimum risk both for the patient and for the AAD. CMR in this setting can be technically demanding and the signal loss and magnetic field inhomogeneity induced by the AAD may limit the diagnostic yield of this imaging technique. The aim of this study was 1) to assess the safety and diagnostic usefulness of CMR in patients with AAD, 2) to analyse which factors may affect image quality in these scans.