New Statement on exposure to MRI and Radiation for Patients with Implantable Cardiac Electronic Devices

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The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) issued a first-of-its-kind consensus statement in the United States on exposure to MRI and Radiation for patients with Implantable Cardiac Electronic Devices

  • Panel of Experts from 11 international organizations presented this at Heart Rhythm 2017, the Heart Rhythm Society’s 38th Annual Scientific Sessions
  • It provides guidance on who would be fitting to undergo certain procedures and how to observe the individuals who are exposed to:
    • MRI
    • CT Scans
    • Radiation Therapy for Cancer
  • Study suggested that MRI can be done safely in many patients with magnetic resonance (MR) conditional and nonconditional systems
  • Study was performed using data from randomized controlled trials, nonrandomized observational studies, and case series to support helpful and effective recommendations, given that each institution serves its patient population individually
  • The writing group also assessed computational modeling and in vitro and animal studies to discover and identify specific compounds that may pose a greater risk to patients, which cannot be concluded by clinical studies alone.
  • The expert consensus statement was produced in collaboration with eleven international organizations as below:
    • American College of Cardiology (ACC)
    • American Heart Association (AHA)
    • Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Society (APHRS)
    • American College of Radiology (ACR)
    • American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)
    • European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA)
    • Council of Affiliated Regional Radiation Oncology Societies (CARROS)
    • Pediatric and Congenital Electrophysiology Society (PACES)
    • Japanese Heart Rhythm Society (JHRS)
    • Sociedad Latinoamericana de Estimulación Cardíaca y Electrofisiología (SOLAECE)
    • Sociedade Brasileira de Arritmias Cardíacas (SOBRAC)

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