If you are located in the United States, please refer to the brief statement(s) below to review applicable indications, safety, and warning information. See the device manual for detailed information regarding the implant procedure, indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, and potential complications/adverse events. For further information, please call Medtronic at 1.763.514.4000 and/or consult the Medtronic website at

If you are located outside the United States, see the device manual for detailed information regarding instructions for use, the implant procedure, indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, and potential adverse events. If using an MRI SureScan device, see the MRI SureScan™ technical manual before performing an MRI. For further information, contact your local Medtronic representative and/or consult the Medtronic website at

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MRI SureScan ICDs Brief Statement


Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) are indicated for ventricular antitachycardia pacing and ventricular defibrillation for automated treatment of life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias. Some ICDs are also indicated for use in patients with atrial tachyarrhythmias, or those patients who are at significant risk for developing atrial tachyarrhythmias.

MRI Conditions for Use

Medtronic SureScan ICD systems are MR Conditional, and as such are designed to allow patients to undergo MRI under the specified conditions for use.  Patients with MRI SureScan ICDs may be scanned using a horizontal field, cylindrical bore, clinical 1.5T or 3T MRI system for hydrogen proton imaging. When SureScan systems are programmed to On, the MRI SureScan feature allows the patient to be safely scanned while the device continues to provide appropriate pacing. A complete SureScan system, which is a SureScan device with appropriate SureScan lead(s), is required for use in the MR environment. When a single coil SureScan defibrillation lead is used, a Medtronic DF-1 pin plug must be secured in the SVC port to make a complete SureScan DF-1 defibrillation system. To verify that components are part of a SureScan system, visit  Any other combination may result in a hazard to the patient during an MRI scan.


ICDs are contraindicated in patients experiencing tachyarrhythmias with transient or reversible causes including, but not limited to, the following: acute myocardial infarction, drug intoxication, drowning, electric shock, electrolyte imbalance, hypoxia, or sepsis; patients who have a unipolar pacemaker implanted, patients with incessant ventricular tachycardia (VT) or ventricular fibrillation (VF), and patients whose primary disorder is chronic atrial tachyarrhythmia with no concomitant VT or VF.

Warnings and Precautions

Changes in a patient's disease and/or medications may alter the efficacy of the device's programmed parameters. Patients should avoid sources of magnetic and electromagnetic radiation to avoid possible underdetection, inappropriate sensing and/or therapy delivery, tissue damage, induction of an arrhythmia, device electrical reset or device damage. Do not place transthoracic defibrillation paddles directly over the device.

Patients and their implanted systems must be screened to meet the following requirements for MRI: no lead extenders, lead adaptors or abandoned leads present; no broken leads or leads with intermittent electrical contact as confirmed by lead impedance history and the system must be implanted in the left or right pectoral region.

Potential Adverse Events

Potential adverse events include, but are not limited to, body rejection phenomena, device migration, erosion through the skin, muscle and/or nerve stimulation, oversensing, failure to detect and/or terminate arrhythmia episodes, and surgical complications such as hematoma, infection, inflammation, and thrombosis. An additional complication for ICDs is the acceleration of ventricular tachycardia. Potential MRI complications for the SureScan system include, but are not limited to, lead electrode heating and tissue damage resulting in loss of sensing or capture or both, or MRI induced currents on leads resulting in continuous capture, VT/VF, and/or hemodynamic collapse; spontaneous tachyarrhythmia occurring during the scan that is not detected and treated because tachyarrhythmia detection is suspended while MRI SureScan is programmed to On; potential for VT/VF induction when the patient is programmed to an asynchronous pacing mode during MRI SureScan; device heating resulting in tissue damage in the implant pocket or patient discomfort or both; or damage to the functionality or mechanical integrity of the device resulting in the inability of the device to communicate with the programmer. See the MRI SureScan Technical Manual before performing an MRI Scan.

See the device manual for detailed information regarding the implant procedure, indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, and potential adverse events. For further information, please call Medtronic at 1-800-328-2518 and/or consult Medtronic’s website at or

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