Quantitative assessment of artifacts on cardiac magnetic resonance imaging of patients with pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators

Takeshi Sasaki, Rozann Hansford, Menekhem M. Zviman, Aravindan Kolandaivelu, David A. Bluemke, Ronald D Berger, Hugh Calkins, Henry R Halperin, Saman Nazarian

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Background-The safety and clinical utility of MRI at 1.5 T in patients with cardiac implantable devices such as pacemakers (PM) and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD) have been reported. This study aims to evaluate the extent of artifacts on cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) in patients with PM and ICD (PM/ICD). Methods and Results-A total of 71 CMR studies were performed with an established safety protocol in patients with prepectoral PM/ICD. The artifact area around the PM/ICD generator was measured in all short-axis (SA), horizontal (HLA), and vertical long-axis (VLA) SSFP cine planes. The location and extent of artifacts were also assessed in all SA (20 sectors per plane), HLA, and VLA (6 sectors per plane) late gadolinium-enhanced CMR (LGE-CMR) planes. The artifact area on cine CMR was significantly larger with ICD versus PM generators in each plane (P

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)662-670
Number of pages9
JournalCirculation: Cardiovascular Imaging
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2011



  • Artifacts
  • Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator
  • MRI
  • Pacemakers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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