J Cardiovasc Magn Reson 2019 08 5;21(1):47. Epub 2019 Aug 5.
Department of Internal Medicine, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA.
Background: Rapid application of external defibrillation, a crucial first-line therapy for ventricular fibrillation and cardiac arrest, is currently unavailable in the setting of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), raising concerns about patient safety during MRI tests and MRI-guided procedures, particularly in patients with cardiovascular diseases. The objective of this study was to examine the feasibility and safety of defibrillation/pacing for the entire range of clinically useful shock energies inside the MRI bore and during scans, using defibrillation/pacing outside the magnet as a control.
Methods: Experiments were conducted using a commercial defibrillator (LIFEPAK 20, Physio-Control, Redmond, Washington, USA) with a custom high-voltage, twisted-pair cable with two mounted resonant floating radiofrequency traps to reduce emission from the defibrillator and the MRI scanner. Read More