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Medline ® Abstract for Reference 32

of 'Principles of magnetic resonance imaging'

MRI of patients with cardiac pacemakers: a review of the medical literature.
Zikria JF, Machnicki S, Rhim E, Bhatti T, Graham RE
AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2011;196(2):390.
OBJECTIVE: Numerous studies testing the use of pacemakers with MRI have been published. Our aim was to analyze these trials to determine the safety of MRI for patients with cardiac pacemakers. We performed a systematic search of peer-reviewed databases. A total of 31 articles were reviewed.
CONCLUSION: The data are heterogeneous with regard to MRI being considered for patients with pacemakers, and the benefits of the imaging should outweigh the risks.
Lenox Hill Hospital, 100 E 77th St., 6 Black Hall, New York, NY 10075, USA. jzikria@lenoxhill.net