Electromagnetic Interference in Implantable Rhythm Devices - The Indian Scenario

Francis, Johnson (2002) Electromagnetic Interference in Implantable Rhythm Devices - The Indian Scenario. [Journal (Paginated)]

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Implantable rhythm device (IRD) is the generic name for the group of implantable devices used for diagnosis and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias. Devices in this category include cardiac pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators and implantable loop recorders. Since these devices have complex microelectronic circuitry and use electromagnetic waves for communication, they are susceptible to interference from extraneous sources of electromagnetic radiation and magnetic energy. Electromagnetic interference (EMI) is generally not a major problem outside of the hospital environment. The most important interactions occur when a patient is subjected to medical procedures such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), electrocautery and radiation therapy. Two articles in this issue of the journal discusses various aspects of EMI on IRD1,2 . Together these articles provide a good review of the various sources of EMI and their interaction with IRD for the treating physician.

Item Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:Electromagnetic Interference; Implantable Rhythm Devices
Subjects:JOURNALS > Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal
ID Code:4305
Deposited By: Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology, Journal
Deposited On:02 May 2005
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:56

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1. Okan Erdogan. Electromagnetic Interference on Pacemakers. Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal 2002; 2(3):3.

2. Marcos de Sousa, Gunnar Klein, Thomas Korte, Michael Niehaus. Electromagnetic Interference in Patients with Implanted Cardioverter-Defibrillators and Implantable Loop Recorders. Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal 2002; 2(3):4.

3. Irnich W, Batz L, Muller R, Tobisch R. PElectromagnetic interference of pacemakers by mobile phones. PACE 1996; 19:1431-46

4. Vahlhaus C, Sommer T, Lewalter T, Schimpf R, Schumacher B, Jung W, Luderitz B.. Interference with cardiac pacemakers by magnetic resonance imaging: are there irreversible changes at 0.5 Tesla?. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol 2001; 24:489-95.

5. Heart Wire -Mediapulse from the newsletter Feb 22, 2002, quoting Dow Jones Newswire story appearing in the Wall Street Journal, New York.

6. De R, Van D. Electromagnetic interference in pacemakers in single-engine fixed-wing aircraft: a European perspective. Aviat Space Environ Med 2002; 73:179-83


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