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Cardiac MRI Safety 

Cardiac MRI Safety
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Cardiac MRI Safety
Author(s):

Kiaran P. McGee

, Robert E. Watson

, and Eric E. Williamson

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199941186.003.0013
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date: 18 July 2018

The volumetric nature of the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data acquisition process, the ability to acquire data in any orientation, the wealth of anatomical and functional information, and the lack of ionizing radiation make MRI an extremely versatile imaging modality. However, the MR scanner poses unique challenges with regard to patient safety. Patient safety is further complicated by the presence of various implantable medical devices, many of which have the potential to interact with the MR environment, and by the sometimes conflicting information regarding their safety in the MR environment. The goal of this chapter is to provide an overview of the potential risks faced by every patient undergoing an MRI examination and to highlight the unique challenges associated with specific implanted devices and contrast agents.

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