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It’s important that all components of your DBS system — including a new battery — are always from Medtronic.


Illustrated diagram showing all the components of a DBS system, including the lead(s), extension(s), and neurostimulator.

If you have an implanted Medtronic DBS system, your replacement battery should also come from Medtronic.

Medtronic DBS Therapy is a precise system that works together to deliver therapy to control your symptoms. The system includes lead(s), extension(s), the device (neurostimulator) itself, and the battery.

You’ll have the best experience with DBS Therapy when all components of your system are from Medtronic. Components from other manufacturers — including batteries — are not interchangeable with Medtronic technology.

Maintaining a complete Medtronic system is the only way to get:

  • Warranty coverage: With a full Medtronic system, you can have peace of mind knowing your warranty will remain intact. Replacing your Medtronic battery with a battery from a different manufacturer will void the warranty.
  • Access to MRI scans anywhere on the body: For you to safely receive an MRI scan, you must have a complete Medtronic DBS system.*
  • World-class support: While we want to ensure you are getting the most out of your therapy, Medtronic cannot provide support for patients who no longer have full Medtronic systems.
  • A system backed by safety and clinical evidence: Your safety is our priority, which is why Medtronic DBS Therapy is backed by decades of research and the highest level of clinical evidence. Medtronic leads and extensions paired with non-Medtronic batteries do not have the same level of evidence to ensure safety.


Approximately 7 out of 10 deep brain stimulation patients may need an MRI within 10 years

Approximately seven out of ten DBS-eligible patients with movement disorders may need an MRI within ten years of receiving their device.1 That’s why we developed the first full-body MR Conditional DBS system* — which gives you access to this important diagnostic imaging tool.

Access to scans anywhere on the body

Other DBS systems are limited to head-only MRI, or worse, no MRI at all. Our full-body MR Conditional DBS systems make it safe to have scans anywhere on the body with some of our devices under certain conditions. (Including the requirement that your system must contain only Medtronic components. Systems comprised of components from multiple manufacturers are not MRI safe.)

Uninterrupted therapy

Unlike other manufacturers, some of our devices can remain on during MRI, when programmed to certain settings, so your DBS therapy will not be interrupted. This may also improve MRI image quality, if it reduces movement symptoms related to your movement disorder.


Call 800-510-6735 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT to speak to our Patient Services Team or contact your local representative.


Medtronic DBS systems are MR Conditional, which means they are safe for MRI scans only under certain conditions. If the conditions are not met, the MRI could cause tissue heating, especially at the implanted lead(s) in the brain, which may result in serious and permanent injury or death. Before having an MRI, always talk with the doctor who manages your DBS Therapy to determine your eligibility and discuss potential benefits and risks of MRI. For further information, please call Medtronic at 1-800-328-0810.


Falowski, S, Safriel Y, Ryan, M et al. The Rate of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Patients with Deep Brain Stimulation. Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. 2016; 94:147–153.