MRI with a non-compliant pacemaker
I have had a Medtronic pacemaker since 2011, which is not compliant with MRI scanners. There have been several situations where my doctors would like me to have an MRI but compromised on plain X-rays or CT scans. However looking online it seems there is new evidence that maybe MRIs are not so dangerous after all. My understanding has always been that it’s the leads that are the big problem, and that a simple box change won’t work. Oddly when I called the technicians to ask if guidance has changed, he checked my file and said my pacemaker wasn’t MRI compliant but my leads were. I’m going to assume this was a mistake though. I have switched hospitals and I think this may have been mis recorded. I have emailed the hospital that did the operation for clarification.
So has anyone had an MRI with an old style pacemaker and leads? The technician did say that off label MRIs are sometimes done. However I’m fully paced so maybe not for me.