A Question for the Ladies – Breast MRI with CRT-D?
I got a CRT-D installed in April 2019 for cardiomyopathy, and both the leads and device are MRI-compatible. I am also high risk for breast cancer so have been getting alternating breast MRIs and mammograms every 6 months for the last 10 years or so.
I am due for my annual breast MRI in March but I’m not sure if I should try to do it or not. I’m a little nervous about the whole thing, with having to get a device tech to put the CRT-D in and out of safe mode for the MRI, and am wondering if the MRI images will be clear enough since the device is right over my left breast. My breast doctor seemed reluctant to order it and just said he wasn’t sure what was involved and if the quality of the images would be useful. So now I’m not sure what to do. The alternative would be to get a screening breast ultrasound, but I’m not sure if that is as accurate as a breast MRI for someone with moderately dense breasts like me. Or I could just skip both and do a yearly mammogram.
Does anyone have any experience with getting a breast MRI with a pacemaker or ICD? How about a screening breast ultrasound? Any advice or comments would be appreciated.