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  • MRI imaging is now available for patients with pacemakers and Implanted Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs) at Rome Memorial Hospital

    Rome Memorial Hospital’s Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) team is now certified to perform MRIs on patients with magnetic resonance conditional Implanted Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICD). Rome Memorial Hospital is the only facility in Rome or Oneida certified to perform MRIs on patients with these devices.
    Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) are medical devices implanted within a patient, designed to automatically detect and treat irregular heartbeats called arrhythmias. When a problem is identified, the device can deliver electric pulses or shocks to help control the arrhythmia. ICDs are similar to pacemakers; however they can deliver a stronger electric pulse for more serious arrhythmias.
    According to the American College of Cardiology, as of August 2016 over 2 million patients had pacemakers or ICDs, with 50 percent of them estimated to need an MRI. Magnetic resonance conditional ICDs are specialized devices which allow patients to undergo MRI procedures under certain predefined conditions.
    “This procedure to scan a patient with an MRI conditional ICD requires the coordination of a registered nurse as well as certified Medtronics (manufacturer of magnetic resonance conditional ICDs) personnel to be present during the entirety of the MRI exam (40 minutes to 2 hours),” said Sharon Carson, director of Medical Imaging. “The MR conditional ICD must be disabled by the Medtronics technician prior to patient entering the MRI and reprogrammed once the patient is removed from the MRI room. The patient is continuously monitored while undergoing the MRI, and an Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certified registered nurse or physician must be immediately present in MRI for the duration of the exam.”
    Carson explained that the procedure to scan a patient with an MRI conditional pacemaker is similar; however the pacemaker is not completely disabled. Instead it is set to a “sure scan” mode enabling it to continue to function during the MRI exam.
    “Dr. John Restivo, chairman of the Medical Imaging department at Rome Memorial Hospital, and MRI Supervisor/MR Safety Officer Craig Pole are to be commended for identifying the need for this specialized imaging and for undertaking the necessary work to ensure that Rome Memorial Hospital is providing every appropriate service to our patients to alleviate the need for them to travel to other facilities,” Carson said.

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    SPECIAL MRI - Rome Memorial Hospital's
    Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) team is
    now certified to perform MRIs on patients with
    MRI conditional Implanted Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICD)
    and MRI conditional pacemakers.  Pictured is
    Craig Pole, MRI supervisor/MR safety officer with a patient.