What Are the Risks for Pacemaker/ICD Patients Undergoing Magnetic Resonance Imaging or Other Medical Procedures?

  • E. Adinolfi
  • P. Dini
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In the medical environment there are several sources of possible magnetic interference, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), clinical radiation therapy, electrocautery, and lithotripsy. Certain types of electrical equipment may interfere with automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator (AICD) and/or pacemaker performance. The reason why this occurs is that AICDs and pacemakers are designed to sense the electrical activity of the heart. In the event a particular piece of equipment should mimic the activity of the heart, the pulse generator may be affected.


Pulse Generator Static Magnetic Field Gradient Magnetic Field Cardiac Pacemaker Implantable Pulse Generator 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Adinolfi
    • 1
  • P. Dini
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di CardiologiaOspedale S. CamilloRomeItaly

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