Just one part of our unrivaled commitment to DBS


Doctor helping patient get an MRI scan

MR imaging is a standard of care. Medtronic has long been committed to providing patients with access to this important diagnostic tool to enable appropriate treatment. With approximately 70 percent of DBS-eligible patients with movement disorders potentially needing an MRI within 10 years of receiving their device, only Medtronic offers DBS systems safe for the MR environment.*

Medtronic Activa DBS systems give you the power to order the diagnostic imaging you need, anywhere on the body. Whether for falls, many common comorbidities, or routine monitoring, you can confidently scan your patients, no matter the location. With the right diagnosis, your patients can receive the appropriate treatment.

Today, you do not have to choose between DBS and MRI access — with Medtronic DBS, you can have both. Choose the promise of MRI access and help your DBS patients get back to their lives, sooner with this valuable diagnostic imaging.


MRI scan results picture quality

Due to different proprietary Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) control algorithms and safety margins — SAR values for the same sequence parameters can vary significantly from scanner to scanner. Medtronic ActivaTM DBS Systems can be scanned with B1+rms limits instead. B1+rms is the time-average radiofrequency (RF) magnetic field that is generated by the MR scanner during a scan. Unlike SAR, which is an estimate of the RF power deposited in a specific region of the patient under examination, the target B1+rms value for each scan is patient independent and B1+rms is conveniently calibrated for each patient during pre-scan. Customizing scan parameters can be difficult: B1+rms delivers consistent and predictable power, enabling greater RF power than previously allowed — no matter the MRI scanner’s make or settings. Medtronic’s expanded MR Conditional labeling utilizing B1+rms enables you to do more for your patients compared to head-only limits.


Medtronic DBS MR Conditional labeling improves patient care when compared to the previous head-only limits. With more RF power enabled by our B1+rms labeling, your center can achieve faster scan acquisition times or more scan area coverage anywhere in the body compared to Medtronic head-only limits, potentially allowing your center to save time and optimize workflows.


Labeling to B1+rms optimizes the RF power available for higher quality imaging because it is a more consistent metric of RF exposure. With one B1+rms metric of ≤ 2.0 µT, you have more options to confidently scan anywhere on the body. Medtronic DBS MR Conditional labeling allows your center to create a library of B1+rms scan protocols, enabling consistency across scans.   


Medtronic Activa DBS systemsallow for more RF power for imaging with B1+rms. Increased RF power allows for enhanced image quality, faster scan acquisition times, and/or larger scan coverage anywhere on the body, compared to head-only limits. Additionally, MRI image quality may be enhanced because of reduced patient movement, because the DBS device can remain ON under certain settings (bipolar mode), which may control symptoms.


Medtronic DBS systems are MR Conditional and safe in the MR environment as long as certain conditions are met. If the conditions are not met, a significant risk is tissue lesions from component heating, especially at the lead electrodes, resulting in serious and permanent injury including coma, paralysis, or death. Refer to the MRI Guidelines for Medtronic Deep Brain Stimulation Systems for a complete list of conditions.

ActivaTM SC Model 37602 is not eligible for full-body MRI.

Under certain conditions. Refer to product labeling.