MRI access Deep brain stimulation

Continued commitment to MRI access for your patients Portfolio of full-body MR Conditional* DBS systems

The only 3T and 1.5T MR Conditional* directional DBS systems

Percept™ PC has 3T and 1.5T MR Conditional* capabilities. Activa™ RC has 1.5T MR Conditional* capabilities

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Your DBS patient may need an MRI

Approximately 7 out of 10
DBS-eligible patients with movement disorders may need an MRI within 10 years of receiving their device.1

Pictogram highlighting 7 out of 10 people

38% of MRI examinations
of DBS-eligible patients with movement disorders are in the head, jaw, and neck.1

62% of MRI examinations
of DBS-eligible patients with movement disorders are in the body.1

Neurostimulators with MR conditionality

We performed 14 years of rigorous MRI research and testing to demonstrate the safety of our devices for MRI, including 38,000 scan conditions and 10 million simulated patient scans.

  1. Filtered feedthrough technology mitigates radiofrequency (RF) energy from entering and damaging the device.

  2. Minimal ferrous material reduces potential for unwanted device and lead movement caused by magnetic pull.

  3. Protection diodes help prevent failure when exposed to electromagnetic interference.
Exploded view of the Percept PC device, including the cortext chipset.

Image pictured is Percept™ PC device.


Only Medtronic expanded MR Conditional* labeling for full body systems allow your patient to leave their DBS device on (in bipolar mode) to provide uninterrupted therapy.    


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Patient in MRI with physician

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 at or contact Medtronic at (1-800) 328-0810 for a complete list of conditions. Also review current MRI manufacturer labeling before conducting the MRI. 

Including patient size, position within the MRI machine, landmark location, deep brain target location, pulse generator location, and lead path.


Falowski S, Safriel Y, Ryan MP, Hargens L. The rate of magnetic resonance imaging in patients with deep brain stimulation. Stereotact Funct Neurosurg. 2016; 94(3):147-153.