6 Year Old’s Heart Surgery Aided by MRI, Not X-Ray

A six-year-old British boy named Jack underwent an historical operation that used an MRI scan for guidance as opposed to X-rays to repair his heart condition.

From BBC News:

“Jack Walborn was born with the heart condition pulmonary valve stenosis, which reduces blood flow to the lungs.

Using MRI means patients are not exposed to radiation – particularly important for children.

The scan also provides a clearer image, and information about the body’s tissues, in real time during surgery. “

The key point is that MRI does not expose patients to radiation, and with ever-improving technology it appears using MRIs for heart procedures could become more and more common. For the full article and additional Sherman resources, see below.

Heart operation using MRI is world first [BBC News]
Sherman Heart & Vascular Center [Sherman Heart]

Image courtesy of Flickr user @glyn_nelson. It is not a picture of Jack’s heart.

About Sherman Health

Sherman Health has provided medical care to Northern IL since 1888, and is currently home to a network of over 600 physicians. The Sherman blogs are edited by me, Luke. Questions? Comments? Links? Email address is luke at shermanhealth dot com.
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