How do I know if my pacemaker is safe for MRI?

Dr Charlotte Manisty
Professor Charlotte Manisty
Consultant Cardiologist

Do you have a question?

We know that some of the older pacemaker devices are not safe to go into a normal MRI machine.  However, you will be able to contact your cardiologist who looks after you or the pacing clinic that follows you up, and they will be able to tell you if your particular pacemaker is one that is safe to be able to go into an MRI scanner.

When you come for your appointment, we will then check your device further and perform some changes to the programming to allow you to go into the scanner safely.

After the scan, we will then return your device to the settings you had before you leave the department.

This is a very safe way to scan patients who have pacemakers.

If you have any questions about the Chenies Mews Imaging Centre, or would like to arrange a private appointment, please email us at, or call 020 3887 0566.

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Marvellous experience

A marvellous experience. I was very nervous having failed to go through a scan before and the two ladies were so nice and understanding and I was able to complete the scan on my front. I could not have done it without their kind understanding.

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