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Getting an MRI Scan

Targeted Drug Delivery for Chronic Pain

Someday, you may need a magnetic resonance image (MRI) scan to diagnose the cause of a common condition, such as hearing loss, headache, vision problems, seizures, tumors, or stroke. When you have an implanted device, however, you have to be careful about MRI scans. The good news is that your SynchroMed™ drug delivery system allows full-body MRI scans.

Medtronic designed its drug delivery system so the effect of an MRI body scan is minimal. When conducted under specific guidelines from Medtronic, MRI technologists can safely perform an MRI scan on people with an implanted Medtronic drug delivery system. If you do require an MRI, work with your doctor.

Before Your MRI

What to do when your doctor recommends an MRI:

  1. Tell the doctor (e.g. orthopedist, oncologist) who ordered your MRI that you have an implanted Medtronic drug delivery system.
  2. Tell your pain specialist that you will be receiving an MRI.
  3. Be ready to show your Medtronic patient identification card during the MRI appointment. This card allows the doctor or MRI technologist to identify your device and confirm MRI compatibility. If you or the clinician has questions regarding your pump and any medical or dental procedure, please reference the SynchroMed™ II Patient Manual or call Medtronic at 1-800-633-8766.

Safety Resources for Your Healthcare Team

If you encounter a doctor or MRI technologist who seems unclear about MRI safety related to your Medtronic drug delivery system, show him or her your Medtronic Patient ID Card. The front of your card lists the model number of your drug delivery system. Your doctor can enter that model number on our MRI Resource Library, listed on the back of your ID card. The website will provide FDA-approved information for safely conducting an MRI scan with your Medtronic drug delivery device.


Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.