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GETTING AN MRI
SPINAL CORD STIMULATION

MRI COMPATIBILITY

In the future, you may need a magnetic resonance image (MRI) to diagnose an illness. In fact, approximately 82% of SCS-implanted patients are expected to need at least one MRI within 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 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.

ACTIVATING 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. These guides also provide instructions for turning stimulation back on after the MRI scan.

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

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)

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.

Get A New Patient Identification Card

If you move, change doctors, or lose your ID card, there are two ways to update your information or request a replacement card.

  • Complete an online form.
  • Call Medtronic Patient Registration Services at 800-551-5544, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT.

CONTACT US

Your physician is your first point of contact. If you need technical support, you may contact
Medtronic Patient Services at
1-800-510-6735.

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*

Excludes Itrel™ 3.

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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.