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Abstract #2282

Importance of Pacemaker Lead Preconditioning for MR Safety In-Vitro Studies

David Prutchi1, Jason Meyers1, and Ramez Shehada2
1Impulse Dynamics (USA) Inc., Marlton, NJ, United States, 2Medical Technology Laboratories, La Mirada, CA, United States

This study investigates the change in the RF filtering characteristics of the leads of active implantable medical devices (AIMDs) as body fluids seep into the leads during the initial post-implant period. Our findings indicate that the RF characteristics change dramatically with fluid absorption, making it necessary to precondition the leads by soaking in isotonic saline solution to simulate the in-vivo scenario when conducting in-vitro MR safety testing. Furthermore, leads designed with RF-attenuating lumped inductances must consider the effect of fluid absorption on changing the peak RF attenuation frequency.

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