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MRI monitoring for blood vessel stents

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Magnetic resonance imaging may be sufficient for routine surveillance of some primary blood vessels stents commonly used to treat heart defects in children and young adults, research has found.

The English study states that computed tomography (CT), in which x-rays are used, is commonly regarded as the best method for assessing the stents, but there are concerns about the long term health effects of radiation exposure.

It found that MRI, a none invasive medical imaging technique used to look at inside the body, could be used to look at the stents at a lower risk to patients.

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