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Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Cardiac Devices: How Safe Is Safe Enough?

Matthew R. Reynolds, MD, MSc; and Peter Zimetbaum, MD
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From Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02215.

Potential Conflicts of Interest: Disclosures can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M11-2029.

Requests for Single Reprints: Peter Zimetbaum, MD, Division of Cardiology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, 185 Pilgrim Road, Boston, MA 02215.

Current Author Addresses: Drs. Reynolds and Zimetbaum: Division of Cardiology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, 185 Pilgrim Road, Boston, MA 02215.

Ann Intern Med. 2011;155(7):470-472. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-155-7-201110040-00010
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Nazarian and colleagues' report in this issue represents the largest published experience to date of MRI in patients with standard, contemporary cardiac rhythm management devices. The editorialists review the concerns regarding use of MRI in patients with these devices, discuss the strengths and limitations of the current study's findings, and explore how the results should influence clinical practice and regulatory policy.

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