MRI scans on Electronic devices happen all to often


Washington, DC — Today, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) released the results of a national survey of older adults, caregivers, and health care providers evaluating knowledge and awareness of medical imaging safety. The survey, which focused largely on electronic implantable device patients and their caregivers, reveals that communication about the safety of medical imaging for patients with these devices is often inadequate.

“The survey clarifies that older adults with electronic implantable devices such as pacemakers need better information on the benefits and risks of medical imaging,” said Stuart Spector, Senior Vice President of the NCOA. “Our aim is to highlight the results of this survey to increase awareness and facilitate a more productive dialogue between patients, caregivers, and health care providers.”

Editors of the New England Journal of Medicine named medical imaging as one of 11 developments that changed the face of clinical medicine during the last millennium. Medical imaging plays a critical role in early disease detection, diagnosis, and treatment. Yet, despite the importance of medical imaging, the NCOA survey found that over 90% of physicians agreed that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is contraindicated and may be risky for patients with certain electronic implantable devices, such as pacemakers, and very few will order MRIs for these patients.

“Patients and doctors have always valued choice and safety. Patients want their doctors to have the right imaging tools such as MRI available to them for the doctor to make the correct diagnosis,” said Dr. J. Rod Gimbel. “However, patients with pacemakers who might have an MRI should understand the potential risks. For many patients where MRI would be the right choice, that choice is complicated by the presence of their pacemaker.”

After the age of 65, a person’s chance of needing medical imaging doubles, and between 50% and 75% of patients with electronic implantable devices will likely need medical imaging over their device’s lifetime.

Confusion Exists Over Risks

The survey, made possible by a grant from Medtronic, found that nearly a third of patients and more than half of caregivers did not recall being informed that they or the person they care for might not be eligible for some forms of medical imaging at the time the device was implanted. The survey also found that three in 10 electronic implantable device patients have had an MRI despite the risks, and of this group nearly 20% reported experiencing problems with their device afterwards.

Physicians Agree More Education is Needed

In addition, the survey evaluated health care provider perceptions and use of guidelines from the American College of Cardiology (ACC), the American College of Radiology (ACR), and American Heart Association (AHA) for MRI use in patients with electronic implantable devices. The physicians reported using clinical guidelines often, referring to the ACC, ACR, and AHA guidelines in near equal numbers for medical imaging. Nearly all health care providers surveyed (98%) support more education on medical imaging and electronic implantable devices to help ensure awareness of critical guidelines, including that electronic implantable devices should not be regarded as safe for medical imaging simply because they are labeled as modern or recently manufactured.

This survey has prompted NCOA to host a series of community events across the country. At the events, experts will share the results of the survey and provide information about medical imaging safety, particularly for patients with electronic implantable devices. These free events will be held at community centers across the country beginning in Orlando, FL in February–American Heart Health Month. For more information on the Orlando event, please call Ben White at 407-254-9078.

See more information on these events.


Research Methodology
Penn Schoen Berland (PSB) conducted 1,077 online interviews with 652 older adults, 273 caregivers and 152 physicians from November 19-30, 2009. Overall, margin of error for patients and caregivers is +/-3.22% and +/-7.95% for physicians.

About NCOA
The National Council on Aging is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. NCOA is a national voice for older Americans–especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged–and the community organizations that serve them. It brings together nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults. NCOA works with thousands of organizations across the country to help older adults find jobs and benefits, improve their health, live independently, and remain active in their communities. For more information,

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ipad follow up

I work in MRI at a small hospital but Imaging is a high priority. The Apple Ipad is a low cost easy to use system for Doctors to use to review important medical data and images from home or at the office before they see the patients they have been consulted on. This will revolutionize medicine as we know it.  Faster discharge planning and easier access to vital knowledge by doctors will make medicine more streamline than ever. It is small and portable anyone can operate it.  We will see this becoming available to hospitals soon.

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apple ipad and MRI

– Apple Inc. on Wednesday unveiled their latest creation at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, California, the long-awaited tablet device, the iPad. Apple Inc.’s CEO and founder Steve Jobs announced Apple’s latest device, a thin-tablet device, similar to the iPhone. The device is .5 inches thin, 1.5 pounds, and features a fully capacitive multi-touch display 9.7 inch IPS display. It’s powered by Apple’s own silicon chip, the 1Ghz Apple A4 chip, with 16GB to 64GB of flash storage. Additionally, the iPad touts 10 hours of battery life, WiFi 802.11n, Bluetooth 2.1, a Microphone, and an accelerometer. The device can also run all iPhone apps unmodified out of the box from the app store, from which customers have downloaded 3 billion already. Apple developers noted that they rewrote all of their proprietary apps to take advantage of the iPad’s larger screen. The iPad will be released along a new app, an ebook reader. Pioneered by the Amazon Kindle, Apple has created their own version of an online book store, iBooks. It’s an online component similar to iTunes that will allow customers to buy books for their device, the store is partnered with Penguin, Macmillion, Simon & Shuster, and others to provide a wide-selection of material. In addition, Apple will release a new developers kit to that allows third party developers to take advantage of the device. “What this device does is extraordinary,” said Jobs. “You can browse the web with it. It’s the best web experience you’ve ever had.” Jobs said that the iPad has the best web browsing experience, stating that it’s “way better than a laptop, way better than a phone.” He demonstrated the tablet device which featured a single button to be used with the on-screen keyboard. More at : Apple unveils long-awaited tablet device “iPad”

In the forefront of breaking technology, CoActiv Medical announces new EXAM-PACS touch screen image viewing for the Apple iPad large-screen digital viewing and communications device. Based on the existing EXAM-PACS iPhone image viewing system, the new iPad system will support bi-directional data communication between a PACS and any iPad using the new device’s built-in WiFi capabilities. This version of EXAM-PACS for iPad will also be fully compatible with the Apple iPad 3G model scheduled for release in April. The updated 3G model will allow connectivity for anywhere, anytime image viewing.

CoActiv EXAM-PACS iPad support enables secure DICOM Query/Retrieve functionality and also allows files to be pushed directly to the device over WiFi and 3G connections. Once images arrive on the mobile device, they may be viewed using the full range of iPad’s Touch Screen capabilities, including scroll, pan, zoom and window & level and measurement functions. All manipulated and annotated images may be instantly saved locally on the device as JPG files and emailed or sent via messaging to anyone, anywhere in a matter of seconds.

This advanced EXAM-PACS for iPad communication is enabled by a bi-directional integration with the award-winning OsiriX Mobile viewer, which will run on the iPad and requires no additional software installation.

Announced just days ago, the Apple iPad features a new ultra high-resolution 9.7-inch (measured diagonally) LED screen and runs the full range of iPhone applications with the benefit of a much larger, easier-to-manipulate dashboard and unprecedented true-to-life display. The device is extremely lightweight, offering physicians the truly portable, high-quality image accessibility and display that they need.

“Immediately after learning about the new iPad technology, CoActiv Medical realized the potential and focused on ensuring thatEXAM-PACS could make the most of it,” said Ed Heere, president and CEO of CoActiv. “This reflects our philosophy of remaining in the forefront of evolving technologies. We believe the iPad will open up important new possibilities for remote image viewing for radiologists and other physicians, and CoActiv Medical placed a priority on being the first in the industry to support it.”

Based on all the preliminary information from Apple, a review of the iPad application standards and Apple’s system developer’s kit (SDK), CoActiv’s application will be waiting and immediately available to current EXAM-PACS users once the iPad is commercially available. EXAM-PACS for iPad functionality will then be fully integrated in CoActiv Medical ‘s standard EXAM-PACS configuration at no added cost. EXAM-PACS for iPad also will utilize the enhanced viewing capabilities of the soon-to-be available OsiriX for iPad application.

However, CoActiv Medical does suggest that current EXAM-PACS users wait for and purchase the Apple iPad model utilizing 3G communications to assure availability of truly global medical image communications.

“With this and other new mobile technologies, we believe that the radiology reading room truly has no boundaries,” said Heere. “CoActiv Medical is committed to ensuring its users reap all the benefits and flexibility of this growing trend.”

Source: CoActiv Medical

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