My hospital is one of the few in our area that will perform an MRI on patients with pacemakers.
It makes me nervous.
I KNOW it’s supposed to be considered “safe” now. The newer pacers and defibrillators are being made to be compatible with MRI scanners.
It still makes me nervous.
I just don’t feel I should be throwing a person, with a magnet sensitive device, into a giant magnet. I feel like it’s a risk everytime I do it. Is an MRI of the wrist really necessary on this 79 year old man with a pacemaker/defibrillator combo? Like, is this life or death? Are you going to do surgery?
Then why are we taking this risk?
I just don’t like it.
Do any of your facilities perform MRI’s on patients with pacemakers or defibrillators?