Study Group
MR Safety
Sunday, 19 April 2009
15:30 - 17:30
Room 320

Scanning of patients with certain Active Implantable Medical Devices (AIMDs) may be contraindicated by both MR and implant manufacturers, however, there are several that currently have FDA approved labeling to permit safe MRI examinations. The past three years specialists from both MR manufacturers and AIMD manufacturers, together with regulators and various scientists have been working on the realization of a so-called IEC / ISO Technical Specification to describe test and labeling requirements in order to come to a global acceptance and safety of this important practice. The status and results of this program will be presented:
15:30 Introduction to the Activities of the Joint Working Group
  Hans Engels, Ph.D., Philips Medical Systems, Best, The Netherlands
15:45 MRI and AIMDs: Current Information
  Frank G. Shellock, Ph.D., University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
16:05 Proposed RF Testing for the AIMD's
  Niels Kuster, IT'IS Foundation ETH, Zurich, Switzerland
16:25 Proposed Gradient Testing for the AIMD's
  Jonathan Edmonson, Medtronic, Minneapolis, MN, USA
16:45 How About the EMC Compatibility of the AIMD's
  Robert A. Stevenson, Greatbatch, Inc. Santa Clarita, CA, USA