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.

Half a million people in the UK wear pacemakers or defibrillators to keep their hearts working. Yet tens of thousands can’t get an MRI scan to detect potentially life-threatening conditions, because of a long-held but mistaken assumption that it could damage the device – or the patient.

Now doctors at one London hospital are trying to raise awareness among colleagues and patients that it’s perfectly safe – helping people with conditions like strokes or cancer get the care they need.

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