MRI Effects: SJM Confirm™ Implantable Cardiac Monitors

Effects of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) on SJM Confirm™ Implantable Cardiac Monitors

This letter is being provided in response to your request for information about Magnetic Resonance Imaging and SJM Confirm implantable cardiac monitors.


Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a medical imaging technique used in radiology to visualize detailed internal structures. It is important to note that the SJM ConfirmTM provides no therapy to the patient and is a cardiac diagnostic monitor only. It contains no lead wires.

Potential effects

SJM Confirm is Magnetic Resonance (MR) conditional. Patients can undergo MR scanning when following specific scanning conditions. In non-clinical testing, the MR conditional SJM Confirm™ produced a temperature rise of less than 3°C at a maximum MR system-reported whole body averaged specific absorption rate (SAR) of 3.9 W/kg as displayed on the MR scanner console for 60 minutes of MR scanning in a 1.5T closed bore MR scanner (manufacturer Phillips, model Intera 1.5, Software version: 9.5.2). Based upon this testing and the recommendations below St. Jude Medical does not anticipate any interference between MRI and SJM Confirm™ ICMs.


The following scanning conditions should be used:

  • Closed-bore, cylindrical magnet
  • Static magnetic field strength of 1.5 Tesla (1.5 T) only
  • Maximum gradient slew rate 200 T/m/s per axis
  • Whole body Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) less than or equal to 2.0 W/kg
  • The uninterrupted duration of active scanning (when radio frequency (RF) and gradients are on) over the chest during MRI must not exceed 60 minutes
  • Confirmation/absence of other contraindicated implantable devices and/or leads, including abandoned leads, lead extenders, and lead adaptors

If you have any questions on this topic, please contact St. Jude Medical CRM Technical Services.

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