Safety Considerations in Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Patients With Implanted Medical Devices

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MRI is a valuable tool in the evaluation of patients with neurologic disease. It offers ease of use and widespread availability; however, MRI can pose significant health hazards to patients with implantable devices. Accordingly, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has changed the safety labeling of implantable devices. This article increases provider awareness by detailing the potential safety risks MRI poses to patients with implantable devices and reviews the most recent FDA device labeling.

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