Can we send patients with a PPM for an MRI? One study says yes.
I was just asked the question whether or not we could request an MRI for a patient with a PPM. I thought the answer was no but I rang our MRI department and they informed me that they did not accept patient’s with PPMs. But having Googled it I came across the following study. Perhaps I should get our MRI department to comment on it.
A team led by Saman Nazarian, MD, of Johns Hopkins University, conducted 555 MRI scans on 438 patients with pacemakers (237) or defibrillators (201). Of the 555 MRI examinations, 222 (40 percent) were of the brain, 122 (22 percent) were of the spine, 89 (16 percent) were of the heart, 72 (13 percent) were of the abdomen or pelvis, and 50 (9 percent) were of an extremity. The team monitored patients before, during, and after the scans.