MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging. MRI is an imaging technique that provides a visualised detail of internal body tissues. MRI provides much greater contrast and clarity between the different soft tissues of the body than other imaging technologies, making it especially valuable in diagnosing neurological (brain), musculoskeletal and cardiovascular conditions, as well as cancer.
MRI, unlike CT scans, does not use radiation to produce an image but rather uses strong magnetic fields to create images of structures inside the body. While CT scans are used for imaging hard materials in the body like bones, MRI is used to image soft tissue.
Unlike previous generations of cardiac devices, the SureScan systems are MR-conditional for use in the MRI environment. The device identification card will indicate whether or not a heart device recipient has a complete heart device system that allows access to an MRI scan.
An MRI may change the settings and/or temporarily affect the normal operation of a heart device. If referred for an MRI scan, their cardiologist will determine if they meet the necessary conditions for a scan and will provide further information about the steps needed before getting a scan.