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Nursing. 2020 Feb;50(2):24-29. doi: 10.1097/01.NURSE.0000651612.85237.fc.

Current guidelines for MRI safety in patients with cardiovascular implantable electronic devices.

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Desiree M. Soto is the electrophysiology nurse coordinator at the Jefferson Heart Institute in Philadelphia, Pa.


Historically, MRI was contraindicated in patients with cardiovascular implantable electronic devices because the devices' metallic components made this imaging study unsafe. Advances over the last decade have now made MRI safe for many of these patients. This article examines the risks of MRI technology for this patient population and reviews recent guidelines from the Heart Rhythm Society.

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