Most hospitals and health care won’t allow certain patients MRIs because of possible danger. An MRI may interact with the a heart device and therefore leaving some patients with few options. It is predominantly not cover by insurance companies for these types of patients.
Intermountain Medical Center has done a study and has started to perform MRIs for patients with pacemakers and defibrillators.
Between 2014 and 2016, Dr. Jeffrey Anderson and the Heart Institute observed 178 patients with a pacemaker or defibrillator. Two hundred and twelve MRIs in total were taken and each patient was monitored before, during and after without any heart failures.
IMC is trying to make the case for all patients to be covered by their insurance provider for MRIs. Some needing the operation can’t either get a MRI or have to have a new and improved device implanted.
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