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Scanning patients with MR Conditional implants

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MRI NetForum Team Philips Healthcare • Netherlands


Not all implanted devices are an absolute contraindication for MRI. Patients with MR Conditional* implants can undergo MRI, but only under clearly defined conditions and performed by well-trained MRI staff. Read as four MRI experts discuss the scanning of patients with MR conditional implants.


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Scanning patients with MR Conditional implants

Which patients with implants can be scanned?

There are only few implants for which scanning is an absolute contraindication, but we can scan patients with an MR Safe or MR Conditional* implant. As Dr. Kanal explains, many patients who are referred for an MRI scan have an implant of some kind. “At an academic center the chances of a patient having an implant are much higher than at free standing, private practice environment.

Patients with implants often need MRI scans

Besides the increased prevalence of medical implants in older people, the likelihood that the average person will need an MRI scan during the next 10 years increases with age from around 47% at the age of 30, to around 69% at the age of 70, as derived from market reports.


 *As defined by the implant manufacturer
*As defined by the implant manufacturer


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Scanning patients with MR Conditional implants





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