Our Ambition is to ensure that patients with cardiac devices have the same access to the MRI scanning as everyone else.
To do this we are providing services for clinicians and patients:
For clinicians: education, courses, service and funding models.
For patients: education, awareness, help locating services- often urgently- to get cancer and stroke diagnoses, working with patient bodies to provide clearer documentation at implantation and follow up.
For health services: health inequality and health economic data to inform policy.
Who we are
Mrimypacemaker has grown from a group of clinicians (cardiologists, radiologists, radiographers, cardiac physiologists and MRI physicists). We are based in the UK but are rapidly working with partners in the USA and Europe at both local and national levels.
Dr Anish Bhuva
Anish Bhuva is a Consultant Cardiologist (Barts Heart Centre) and Honorary Associate Professor (University College London). He graduated with a triple first from Cambridge University including an additional Part II tripos in Italian Language and Literature, and subsequently took a full time MSc and MBA modules in his spare time. He was awarded a British Heart Foundation funded doctorate for using machine learning to better understand heart disease, and now works in a position spanning university, clinical work and industry to translate digital health into real world application. He was the top student in the University of London medical finals, has won two Gold Medals, and over fifty other awards for academia, clinical work and NHS service development. He has specialist clinical interests in cardiovascular magnetic resonance and cardiac device implantation. He has received a number of grants from life sciences charities for his research.
Dr Charlotte Manisty
Dr Charlotte Manisty is a Senior Lecturer at University College London and a Consultant Cardiologist at the Barts Heart Centre and University College Hospitals, London. She specialises in heart failure and cardiac imaging, and has set up and leads the cardio-oncology service at Barts. She trained in cardiac device implantation and has current IBHRE Device accreditation, and leads the MRI imaging service for device patients at Barts and Chenies Mews Imaging Centre. She has co-written the national recommendations for MRI imaging in patients with implantable cardiac devices, and is currently performing research into optimizing scar localization in patients with ventricular arrhythmias.
Professor James Moon
James is a cardiologist at UCL and clinical director of cardiac imaging at Barts Heart Centre, London UK. He is also president of the British Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. One the one side, he is a researcher developing new MRI techniques for cardiac MRI and linking these to new therapies to improve the lives of patients by embedding them in clinical care. On the other, he aims to increase access to MRI making it faster, easier and cheaper with outreach (ultrafast CMR) in the developing world, but also aiming to increase access for patients with pacemakers and ICDs in the UK and globally. “Partnership between radiology and cardiology is a key priority – we can do this – for the benefit of patients and the NHS”.
Practice needs to be changed worldwide. We start at a low level and there are multiple barriers to scaling. The help of individual doctors, hospitals, healthcare providers, patients and others is vital.
We are grateful to the following partners :
- Individual UK National Health Service Hospital Trusts who support our work and produce important peer reviewed publications, presentations and guidance.
- Charitable and Patient bodies (Arrhythmia Alliance and Cardiomyopathy UK) to raise awareness and disseminate information.
- Industry Partners who provide us with training and education resources; and to ensure accurate, up to date information is available.
- UK NHS Innovations for recognising our work through the Clinical Entrepreneur Programme.
- We have worked with the British Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance and British Heart Rhythm Society to update guidelines to mandate cardiology support for these services.
- We are working with the British Cardiovascular Society and the Royal College of Radiologists to develop policy at a national level. Policy is rapidly changing in this space.