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Getting an MRI Scan

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.**

BEFORE YOUR MRI

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.

  1. Tell the doctor who prescribed your MRI scan that you have an implanted Medtronic neurostimulation system.

  2. Contact your pain specialist to discuss your upcoming MRI scan. Your pain specialist may also provide you or your radiologist with a copy of the MRI Patient Eligibility Form. The information on this form can help the radiologist confirm your eligibility for the prescribed MRI scan.

  3. Schedule your MRI appointment. When your MRI appointment is scheduled, provide them with the model number of your implanted neurostimulation system and the contact information for your pain specialist. This information is located on your Medtronic Patient ID Card and on the MRI Patient Eligibility Form (which may have been provided by your pain specialist).

Note: Ensure your neurostimulator has been recharged prior to your MRI appointment, to avoid any unnecessary delays.

USING YOUR PROGRAMMER TO ACTIVATE MRI MODE

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.

pdf USING YOUR INTELLIS IMPLANTABLE SPINAL CORD STIMULATION SYSTEM (.pdf)

This guide provides basic resources and information to help you use your Medtronic Intellis™ spinal cord stimulation system.

2.8MB

pdf USING YOUR IMPLANTABLE SPINAL CORD STIMULATION SYSTEM (.pdf)

This guide provides basic resources and information to help you use your Medtronic RestoreSensor™, RestoreUltra™, RestoreAdvanced™, or PrimeAdvanced™ spinal cord stimulation system.

1.2MB

Safety Resources for Your Healthcare Team

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.

MR-Conditional Icon**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.