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CT Scan Can Have Consequences on Those with Medical Devices

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Shalini Shah1 year ago

There have been a small number of adverse event reports related to CT imaging in patients with implanted and wearable electronic devices.

About CT Scan Risk

According to regulators, getting a CT Scan could have an adverse consequence on patients with the following:

  • Insulin Pumps
  • Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices
  • Neurostimulators

The FDA has said the CT scanner directly irradiates the circuitry of certain implantable or wearable electronic medical devices and causes enough electric interference to affect the function of the devices. This can lead to a malfunction of those devices

Mass Device reports that the probability of significant adverse events is very low and the probability of an x-ray electronic interference becomes lower as radiation doses are reduced.

The FDA has addressed the risk is low of CT Scans and cautioned healthcare providers that the presence of devices could experience interference. The clinical benefits of CT scans are still considered to outweigh the chance of an adverse event.

Details Regarding CT Scan

CT scan, computed tomography, is a noninvasive medical examination that uses specialized x-ray equipment to produce cross-sectional images of the body. Each image represents a slice of the person being imaged

CT Scan can help a physician with the following:

  • Diagnose a disease, trauma, or abnormality
  • Plan and guide interventional or therapeutic procedures
  • Monitor effectiveness of therapy

CT Scans have benefits the far exceed the risks. The benefit of CT scans are that it provides detailed information to diagnose, plan treatment for, and evaluate many conditions in adults and children.

The Concern with CT Scans include the risk from exposure to ionizing radiation and a possible reaction to the contrast agent, or dye used to improve visualization. 


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