Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Implantable Devices

Section of Cardiac Electrophysiology, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD.
Circulation Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology (Impact Factor: 5.42). 04/2013; 6(2):419-428. DOI: 10.1161/CIRCEP.113.000116
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