Thoracic versus nonthoracic MR imaging for patients with an MR nonconditional cardiac implantable electronic device

Iwan S. Nyotowidjojo, Kristina Skinner, Aakash S. Shah, Jaskinwal Bisla, Satinder Singh, Rostam Khoubyari, Peter Ott, Bobby Kalb, Julia H. Indik

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Background: Observational studies have explored the safety of magnetic resonance (MR) scanning of patients with cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) that are not Food and Drug Administration approved for MR scanning (“nonconditional”). However, concern has been raised that MR scanning that includes the thoracic region may pose a higher risk. This study examines the safety of MR scanning of thoracic versus nonthoracic regions of patients with CIEDs. Methods: Patients underwent MR scanning utilizing an institutional protocol. CIED variables examined included sensing value, pacing capture threshold, lead impedance, and battery voltage. Regression analysis of the CIED variable differences (pre- to immediately post-MR and pre-MR to long-term follow-up) was performed to determine if CIED variable differences were dependent on region scanned (thoracic vs nonthoracic), time from CIED implant to MR scanning, or CIED type (pacemaker vs implantable cardioverter defibrillator). Results: 238 patients (38% female, age 65 ± 15 years) underwent 339 MR scans, including 99 MR scans of the thoracic region. CIED variable differences to immediately post-MR or to long-term follow-up were not significantly different from zero (P > 0.05) and there was no dependence upon region scanned (thoracic vs nonthoracic), time from CIED implant to MR scan, or CIED type. One power-on reset occurred in a patient that underwent a cardiac MR and the CIED was successfully reprogrammed. There were no clinical adverse effects. Conclusions: CIED variable differences following MR scan were not dependent on the region scanned (thoracic vs nonthoracic) and there were no clinical adverse effects in this prospective cohort.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)589-596
Number of pages8
JournalPACE - Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2018



  • cardiac pacemakers
  • implantable cardioverter defibrillators
  • magnetic resonance imaging
  • thorax

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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