El-Sayed H. Ibrahim1, Laura Horwood1, Jadranka Stojanovska1, Luba Frank1, Anil Attili1, Hakan Oral1, and Frank Bogun1
This study examines whether MRI is safe in patients with
cardiac implantable electronic device (CIED) excluded from published protocols,
e.g. patients with abandoned leads or pacemaker dependency. A total of 162 MRI
scans were obtained in 142 consecutive patients with CIED’s. Cardiac scans were
performed in 94 patients and spinal/brain scans were performed in 47 patients.
Only one patient developed ventricular tachycardia during a spine scan and was
removed from the scanner for device reactivation without consequences. No other
adverse events were noted. The devices interrogated parameters essentially
remained the same immediately, 1-week after, and 3-months after the scans.