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My father has a mechanical heart valve. Can he have an MRI for a shoulder problem?

My father has had a mechanical valve since 2010 and we recently found out he has what can be a tumor on his shoulder to the lower pit. Can he get an MRI done?

submitted by Alma from Fresno, California on 2/23/2014


by Texas Heart Institute cardiovascular surgeon, Denton A. Cooley, MD  

Denton A. Cooley, MD, FACS, FACC, FCCPOur MRI specialists tell us that mechanical heart valves currently available commercially are MRI-compatible. The facility where the MRI is to be done may want to contact your father's surgeon to get details about the specific valve prosthesis which was implanted.

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