MRI Safety

MRI safety

Manuals and Instructions for Use contain MRI information and details for our devices. We have also provided checklists and guides for your reference.

Refer to Product Instructions for Use for MRI Details

Our manuals contain the latest instructions and information for cardiac physicians, radiologists and MR technologists. We recommend that you download and review the most current version any time a patient with an Abbott product needs an MRI.

Search for Cardiovascular IFUs

Use this database to search for any cardiovascular instructions for use. These include arrhythmia, heart failure, structural heart, biliary and mitral valve repair and other vascular IFUs. You can search by product name, model number, category or family.

Search for Orbital Atherectomy Systems IFUs

Use this database for coronary and peripheral orbital atherectomy system IFUs and their related products.

MRI Ready Systems Checklists & Guides

Our checklists for cardiac physicians, radiologists and MR Technologists help ensure they've considered all aspects of patient safety before peforming an MRI for a patient with a leadless pacemaker, traditional pacemaker, ICD, CRT-D or CRT-P.

Preparing For Your Patient’s MRI

Following is some high-level information about preparing for and administering an MRI with patients with a leadless pacemaker, traditional pacemaker, ICD, CRT-D or CRT-P. Refer to the manuals for CardioMEMS HF System or MR Conditional ICMs for details about MRIs with those devices.

For Cardiac Physicians

1) Confirm MRI readiness

To look up your patient’s system, use the Product Search tool to determine whether your patient’s device and leads (if applicable) are safe for an MRI.

Based on the country you select, you can choose the device and lead combination (if applicable) to get scan parameters. If a device is not shown in the list, it is not MR Conditional. Alternatively, you can also use the latest MRI Manuals to determine scan parameters.
 

2) Confirm that no adverse conditions to MRI scanning are present and review potential adverse effects

Download the MRI Ready Systems Manual or MRI Ready Leadless System Manual to review a list of adverse conditions and effects.
 

3) Generate a report of the patient’s permanently programmed parameters

CAUTION: Do not bring any external control devices, such as the Merlin™ Patient Care System (PCS) Programmer, SJM MRI Activator™ handheld device, or AVEIR™ Link Module into the scanner magnet room (Zone IV). These devices are considered MR Unsafe.

Traditional Pacemaker, ICD, CRT-D or CRT-P

  1. Interrogate the device with the Merlin Programmer.
  2. If needed, perform capture and sense and lead impedance tests.
  3. From the FastPath™ Summary screen, select the Print button to print the Diagnostics and any other relevant reports.

Leadless Pacemakers

  1. Interrogate the device with the Merlin Programmer and AVEIR Link Module.
  2. If needed, perform capture and sense.
  3. From the FastPath Summary screen, select the Print button to print the Diagnostics and any other relevant reports.

4) Select and save MRI Settings

The MRI parameter settings are selected at the physician's discretion.

The default MRI parameter settings are automatically stored in the Abbott MR Conditional device. Download the MRI Ready Systems Manual or MRI Ready Leadless System Manual for details on default settings and how to save modified settings for scanning.

5) Review the MRI checklist

Follow the checklist instructions within Merlin Programmer. Download the MRI Ready Systems Manual or MRI Ready Leadless System Manual to see examples of checklist screens and get additional details about the checklist.
 

6) Programming MRI Settings

Once you have completed the checklist, select the Program MRI Settings button to enable MRI Settings.

It is required to program the device to MRI Settings as part of the MRI scan workflow.


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7) Disable the MRI Settings

Immediately following the MRI procedure, follow the instructions in the MRI Ready Systems Manual or MRI Ready Leadless System Manual to revert to the permanently programmed settings.

For Radiologists and MR Technologists

1) Confirm MRI Readiness

To look up your patient’s system, use the Product Search tool to determine whether your patient’s device and leads (if applicable) are safe for an MRI.

Based on the country you select, you can choose the device and lead combination (if applicable) to get scan parameters. If a device is not shown in the list, it is not MR Conditional. Alternatively, you can also use the latest MRI Manuals to determine scan parameters.

2) Confirm that no adverse conditions to MRI scanning are present and review potential adverse effects

Don’t scan the patient if any adverse conditions are present. Download the MRI Ready Systems Manual or MRI Ready Leadless System Manual to review a list of adverse conditions and effects.
 

3) Select the correct scan parameters

Download the MRI Ready Systems Manual or MRI Ready Leadless System Manual to check the MRI scan parameter tables for the applicable scan and identify the settings for RF Transmit Conditions and scan regions.

Be sure to check the lead combination(s) (if applicable) to ensure you select the correct settings.
 

4) Check the MRI Settings status

CAUTION: Do not bring any external control devices, such as the Merlin Patient Care System (PCS) Programmer, SJM MRI Activator handheld device, or AVEIR Link Module into the scanner magnet room (Zone IV). These devices are considered MR Unsafe.

Download the MRI Ready Systems Manual or MRI Ready Leadless System Manual for details about checking the MRI Settings status. For certain pacemakers, the MRI Activator handheld device may be used.
 

5) Perform the scan and monitor the patient

Proper patient monitoring must be provided during the MRI scan. This includes continuous monitoring of the patient's hemodynamic function.

Download the MRI Ready Systems Manual or MRI Ready Leadless System Manual for additional details about patient monitoring.
 

6) Disable the MRI Settings

MRI Settings must be disabled by the patient's device management physician or clinician using the Merlin Programmer, and the AVEIR Link Module for leadless pacemakers. For certain pacemakers, the MRI Activator handheld device may be used.

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