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, tumours, 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. For warnings and precautions, refer to the SynchroMed II Patient Manual.
What to do when your doctor recommends an MRI:
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 Safety website, 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.