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There may come a time when a physician, such as an orthopedic doctor, oncologist or neurologist, refers you for an MRI scan. Since some implantable cardiac devices are not considered safe for use in an MRI, there are some things you should consider while scheduling your MRI.
When a physician refers you for an MRI, make sure to tell him or her about your cardiac device. Present your device identification card to your doctor to inform the physician that you have a complete heart device system that may allow you access to an MRI scan. Your identification card will help your physician understand what kind of implantable device you have. Your physicians may also need to consult with your cardiologist; his or her contact information is on the card.
You may be asked to contact your cardiologist directly. Your cardiologist may need to confirm that your device is working properly and is safe for use in the MRI environment. Your cardiologist may also work with you to locate an MRI center that is best suited to meet not only your MRI need but your cardiac needs as well.
When you call to schedule your MRI, make sure to tell them you have an implantable cardiac device designed for use with MRI. You may be asked to provide your cardiologist’s contact information, which is located on your identification card.
On the day of your scan, your cardiac device will be programmed into a special setting. This will help ensure that your device works properly while in the MRI environment. The programming will look and feel much like the programming that is done for your in-office check-up appointments. After the MRI, your device will be programmed back to its previous settings.
If you experience any heart issues after your MRI scan, be sure to contact your cardiologist immediately.