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MRI-Compatible Pacemakers and Defibrillators


Dignity Health Heart and Vascular Institute of Greater Sacramento is one of the region's first hospitals to offer patients magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-conditional cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators. These devices allow patients that may require these therapies to undergo the MRI procedure safely when needed.


MRI's use a powerful magnetic field to produce detailed images of internal body organs. This magnetic field can disrupt the pacemaker or defibrillator's setting or cause the wires to overheat. With these MRI-compatible devices, the safety of a MRI scan is improved.


At Dignity Health Heart and Vascular Institute of Greater Sacramento, our heart specialists are trained in this latest technology for selecting the best treatment options for their patients.