3 Tesla MRI compatible pacemaker implanted by KMI

Khyber Medical Institute (KMI) here on Saturday claimed to have implanted first 3 Tesla MRI compatible pacemaker in the state.

Khyber Medical Institute (KMI) here on Saturday claimed to have implanted first 3 Tesla MRI compatible pacemaker in the state. 

The surgery was conducted by Dr Syed Maqbool, leading Intervention Cardiologist at the state-of-art Heart Center of the KMI.

Calling the implant of the new 3-T MRI compatible "beginning of a revolution in Kashmir", Dr Maqbool said that J&K has the second highest number of pacemakers implanted in the country. "We have around 1000 pacemakers implanted every year. And this does not include the people who go outside the state for such procedures," he said. 

According to cardiologists, West Bengal has the highest number of pacemaker surgeries in India. Dr Maqbool said world over,  more people are opting for the 3-T conditional MRI pacemakers. He said already 30 percent of the pacemakers implanted are 3-T friendly.

Explaining the benefits of this new advanced pace-making system, he said that people require MRI for various diagnostic purposes at any point of their life. "However, if one has a conventional pacemaker implanted, one cannot get an MRI done because regular pacemaker develops snags and can be life threatening if exposed to MRI," he said.

He said that 1.5 T compatible pacemakers were quite common in Kashmir. Till recent past, the only MRI scans available in Kashmir were 1.5T strength. However, recently, some institutes have installed 3-T MRI equipment.

While one such machine is available in private sector, one is operational in SKIMS and another is undergoing test runs at GMC Srinagar.

Dr. Maqbool, while summing up the purpose of introducing such advanced technology into healthcare said, "I want to offer my patients the best practicing therapies while giving them unparalleled access to live saving imaging."

The surgery was performed on a 52 year old male from Srinagar. Doctors said that patient was doing well.

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