Spinal Cord Stimulation for Intractable Chronic Pain
Someday, you may need a magnetic resonance image (MRI) to diagnose an illness. In fact, 82% of SCS implanted patients are expected to need at least one MRI wthin five years of implant. When you have an implanted electronic device, you have to be careful about MRI scans. The good news is that MRI scans are possible with Medtronic neurostimulation systems for chronic pain,* with proper safeguards.
Depending on the type of Medtronic neurostimulation system you have, you may be eligible for an MRI of any part of your body or a head‐only MRI scan. If you have a Medtronic SureScan™ MRI System, your pain specialist can easily determine whether or not you can safely undergo the type of MRI scan prescribed.**
You may be eligible for an MRI scan anywhere on your body or on just your head. This will depend on the type of neurostimulation system you have.
Note: Ensure your neurostimulator has been recharged prior to your MRI appointment, to avoid any unnecessary delays.
Place your neurostimulation system in MRI mode before your MRI scan and outside of the MRI scanner (magnet) room.
When you activate MRI mode with your programmer, stimulation is turned off and the In MRI Mode screen will appear. Show this screen to the MRI clinician.
To activate MRI Mode, refer to the guide below that corresponds to your implanted neurostimulation system. The guide also provides instructions for turning stimulation back on after the MRI scan.
If you encounter a doctor or MRI technologist who seems unclear about MRI safety related to your Medtronic neurostimulation system, show him or her your Medtronic Patient ID Card. Listed on your card is the model number of your neurostimulator and the website where your doctor or MRI technologist can access guidelines for safely conducting an MRI with your Medtronic neurostimulation system.
* Excludes Itrel™ 3.
**Under specific conditions. Talk to your doctor and refer to product labeling for full list of conditions.
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.