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Abstract #4184

Safety of active implantable hearing systems in MRI: an overview of the most common adverse events      

Guy Fierens1,2,3, Nina Standaert4, Ronald Peeters5, Christ Glorieux1, and Nicolas Verhaert3,4
1Physics and Astronomy, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, 2Cochlear Technology Centre Belgium, Mechelen, Belgium, 3Neurosciences, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, 4Otorhinolaryngology, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, 5Radiology, UZ Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

Patients suffering from disabling hearing loss are often treated via the implantation of an active auditory implant. Even though the use of MRI is often needed in a post-operative follow-up or for the diagnosis of other pathologies. Using MRI in this patient group however raises some concern due to several possible patient risks. The presented work provides an overview of the most commonly occurring adverse events by analyzing data reported to the Food and Drug Administration and the MEDLINE and EMBASE literature databases.

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