Cardiac MRI Contradictions

We generally cannot scan patients if any of the following contraindications are present. All patients with metallic implants are individually evaluated prior to MRI.

  1. Central nervous system aneurysm clips
  2. Cochlear implant
  3. Implanted neural stimulator
  4. Implanted cardiac pacemaker or defibrillator
  5. Insulin pump
  6. Ocular foreign body (e.g. metal shavings)
  7. Metal shrapnel or bullet.
  8. Other implanted medical devices: (e.g. drug infusion ports)
  9. Pregnant women (Patients who are uncertain as to whether they are pregnant will be required to have a screening urine or blood pregnancy test).

Cardiac MRI is safe with coronary stents, joint replacements, ASD/PFO closure devices, sternal wires, and most prosthetic heart vales.

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