Our Mission

Our mission is to ensure that patients with cardiac devices have the same access to MRI scanning as everyone else.

You have the right to receive care and treatment that is appropriate to you”

“You have the right to expect your NHS to assess and to put in place the services to

meet those needs as considered necessary”

– The NHS Constitution

You can find out what we do here and why we are doing this here.

Our campaign is grateful for the support of doctors, patients, and hospitals and medical societies. Get involved by either telling us about your hospital, using our resources, or anything else.

MRI for device patients study day

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Our next study day for clinicians who want to provide MRI for patients with pacemakers or cardiac defibrillators is open for bookings! As always, please book early as we have to keep numbers low because of the live scanning exposure.

Date: 14 November 2019

Location: Barts Heart Centre, West Smithfield, London, EC1A7BE.

More details here and you can book here.

 

Next MRI for device patients study day

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We are excited to run the next study day for clinicians who want to provide MRI for patients with pacemakers or cardiac defibrillators. We have to keep numbers low because of the live scanning exposure, so if you cannot make this course, we will hold the next in December. We look forward to seeing you there!

Date: 11 March 2019

Location: Barts Heart Centre, West Smithfield, London, EC1A7BE.

More details and bookings here.

 

Channel 4: Tens of thousands of pacemaker wearers missing out on MRI scan due to perceived dangers

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Thanks to patients and staff at Barts Heart Centre for highlighting the health inequality and how new technology and service innovations have allowed patients with pacemakers to undergo MRI scans when needed.

Please note, it is vitally important that any patient with a pacemaker always highlights the presence of their implanted device to MRI staff ahead of their scan, so proper procedures can be followed to ensure the MRI scan is performed safely. These procedure include changing the settings of your pacemaker immediately before your MRI scan. Undergoing an MRI scan without following these procedures is potentially very dangerous. Unfortunately, some MRI units do not yet have the ability to perform the procedures that are required to safely scan patients with pacemakers. This is a situation we are working hard to improve.

Resources updated: SOPs, check device compatibility, lecture notes

One of the regular comments from new services (radiology and cardiology ) is the difficulty in accessing resources- manufacture guidelines are across different sites and even vary between countries. New services also find it difficult to set up a standard operating procedure.

We hope to make this easier by centralising resources and experience.

Links direct to manufacturer compatibility checks can be found here.

Guidelines can be found here.

Standard Operating Procedures for established services can be found here. Thanks to all centres for contributing to this.

Its safe to MRI pacemaker patients- RCR/BCS joint statement.

Dear all

Today the Royal College of Radiology and the British Cardiovascular Society are publishing a joint letter updating members on providing MRI for patients with cardiac devices.

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Royal College of Radiology and British Cardiovascular Society letter updating members for MRI provision in cardiac device patients. Download here.

They agree that this is now possible and should be standard- these patients should no longer be disadvantaged by missing out on MRI diagnoses of cancer and strokes.

Thank you to everyone for getting this done- experience of local champions, industry work, professional bodies and patient ambassadors have all informed this.

There are still barriers for individual services but hopefully high level collaboration will help (particularly for funding and cardiology/radiology partnership). Referrer and patient awareness also needs to improve, so please publicize this letter.

Practical guides to check devices, service level SOPs, guidance, patient and referrer information (print versions coming soon) are all available and regularly updated on the website.

Best wishes

Anish