Date lodged: 12 September 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what restrictions are applied to people with implantable cardiovascular defibrillators that prevent them from having magnetic resonance imaging scans.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 25 September 2018
Almost all modern implantable devices such as implantable cardiovascular defibrillators (ICDs) and pacemakers are magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) compatible so that the patient would be able to receive an MRI.
For patients with older devices which are not MRI compatible, decisions on care will be on an individual case basis. We would expect NHS Boards to have the appropriate local protocols in place.