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  • MRI after Myectomy

    I am scheduled for an MRI tomorrow. The MRI technician contacted a doctor (one I don't know) and they determined that it was OK for me to have the MRI. Any one else been there? I was going to call my surgeon tommorrow just to be safe.

    Bob
    Cleveland Myectomy Crew
    Member since November 2002

    \"Chance favors the prepared mind!\"

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    Dear Bob,

    As long you didn't get any metal valve replacements or anything during your surgery. you should be fine. I haven't had a myectomy, but I have had a brain tumor removed that required serial MRIs to follow it. Basically, they place you inside a big magnetic field. Now that I have an ICD, my MRI days are over. The thing to worry about is any metal devices inside the body. They will place you inside a big tube, and take the pictures. Its a little claustrophobic...close your eyes. Also, its noisy...take the earplugs they offer.
    Daughter of Father with HCM
    Diagnosed with HCM 1999.
    Full term pregnancy - Son born 11/01
    ICD implanted 2/03; generator replaced 2/2005 and 2/2012
    Myectomy 8/11/06 - Joe Dearani - Mayo Clinic.

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    • #3
      mri

      B

      Cyn is right --the only thing that would keep you out of an MRI would be any metal in your body --it would try and get OUT!

      Keep your eyes closed if its a closed MRI and they should give you earplugs there.

      Pretend you are taking a nap. Oh, and the noise is different every time they turn it on.

      take care,

      S

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      • #4
        What about the metal wires holding our sternum together?

        Matt

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        • #5
          oh, yeah, that would be bad

          Dear Matt,

          If Bob has metal wires holding his sternum together, then why was he given the aok for the MRI?

          Well, actually certain kinds of metal are ok. They say ALL metal, because you never know what your belt buckle or earrings or whatever are made of --and can't guarantee that they are whatever they say they are, 100%.

          It is my understanding that only ferrous metals are dangerous, but mixes are almost everywhere. I just read this article: http://www.biophan.com/release_021302.php which indicates that once the leads on an ICD are changed to a different type, you can have an MRI, even though you have a metal ICD casing.

          Ferrous = iron --iron is magnetic. Aluminum is not. Pure gold is not.

          So what kind of wire is in your chest?

          S

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          • #6
            Well, had my MRI with no trouble at all. I did call my surgeon's office and spoke with a surgical nurse there. She told me that there was no problem with having an MRI after a myectomy. Although she did not know what type of metal was used in the sternal wires, obviously they are made of a non-magnetic material and are unaffected.

            Bob
            Cleveland Myectomy Crew
            Member since November 2002

            \"Chance favors the prepared mind!\"

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            • #7
              Of course, given the bill for the surgery, my wires must be made of pure gold!

              Bob
              Cleveland Myectomy Crew
              Member since November 2002

              \"Chance favors the prepared mind!\"

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              • #8
                wow ,this is weird I have a titanium hip replacement and I had an MRI after it was implanted I also have other pieces of metal left over from orthopedic surgeries that couldn't be removed (elbow and face). I have had 2 MRI's and no problem with them!! This must be something about just the metal in the leads that causes the problem.I guess we need to talk to a radioligist to get the skinny on this one
                Rich
                Allways remember you cannot control the wind!!
                However you can adjust your sails!!

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                • #9
                  I have no idea what type of metal it is, but they look cool on the x-ray. But I agree with Bob... from the cost, they must be gold!

                  Matt

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