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Is It Safe To Have CT Scan When Having A Pacemaker?

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Posted on Thu, 20 Oct 2016
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The patient has a permanent pacemaker and is moderate candidate for an MRI. We will proceed with CT angiogram of the renal arteries with contrast

The above worries me with a pacemaker, can one of the Drs. clarify for me.
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Answered by Dr. Priyank Mody (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Yes you can proceed with CT angiography of renal arteries

Detailed Answer:
Hello ,
Yes the CT angiography is perfectly safe for a patient who has an Permanent pacemaker . It doesn't matter whether it's MRI compatibLe or not , as an MRI creates a magnetic field which can harm the circuitry and leads of the pacemaker while CT scan uses X ray for pictures which doesn't do so .
The use of contrast depends on the kidney status of the patient and Pacemaker does change that .
Regards Dr. Priyank Mody
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Priyanka G Raj
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Follow up: Dr. Priyank Mody (20 minutes later)
Thank you, for the description of the procedure. Hope you a safe and great week.

XXXX XXXXXXX
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Answered by Dr. Priyank Mody (7 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Wishing the patient Good health .

Detailed Answer:
Hello XXXXXXX ,
Happy I could help .
Let me know if any clarification is needed .
Regards Dr. Mody
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Veerisetty Shyamkumar
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Is It Safe To Have CT Scan When Having A Pacemaker?

Brief Answer: Yes you can proceed with CT angiography of renal arteries Detailed Answer: Hello , Yes the CT angiography is perfectly safe for a patient who has an Permanent pacemaker . It doesn't matter whether it's MRI compatibLe or not , as an MRI creates a magnetic field which can harm the circuitry and leads of the pacemaker while CT scan uses X ray for pictures which doesn't do so . The use of contrast depends on the kidney status of the patient and Pacemaker does change that . Regards Dr. Priyank Mody