A new implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) has been designed to allow heart patients to undergo vital MRI health checks without risk. Previously, people with heart problems who had ICDs or pacemakers, were denied MRIs because there was a risk of the devices malfunctioning because of the magnetic fields used in the test.
The new device - the Evera MRI SureScan – is the size of a match book and allows doctors to carry out MRIs on any part of the body, including that of the heart.
Thousands of people a year in the UK receive ICDs and of those, almost two-thirds will need an MRI scan within ten years of receiving a device.
The Mail Online reported on one of the first patients in the world to benefit from the implant, a Harefield Hospital patient operated on by Dr Mark Mason, consultant cardiologist.
Dr Mason said: ‘This device means patients can undergo MRI scans, which are the now the gold standard for diagnosing life-threatening or disabling conditions such as spinal problems. Thousands were denied these scans before, which led to delays in diagnosis and treatment.’
Harefield Hospital is known globally for providing cutting edge treatments and using pioneering technology with regards to implantable heart devices. For more information contact the team.