Male doctor standing over female patient lying in MRI machine.



GETTING AN MRI
SPINAL CORD STIMULATION

MRI COMPATIBILITY

In the future, you may need magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to diagnose an illness. In fact, approximately 82% of patients with an implanted spinal cord stimulation system (SCS) are expected to need at least one MRI within five years of implant. But when you have an implanted device, you have to be careful about MRI scans. The good news is that patients with a Medtronic neurostimulation system for chronic pain may have an MRI scan when proper safeguards are in place.

The Intellis™ SCS device integrates SureScan™ MRI technology, providing MRI access anywhere in the body with normal operating mode power settings. Other neurostimulators may restrict the allowed MRI power or scan location, preventing imaging on your shoulders or vital organs in your torso. 

The Intellis™ device gives you the broadest access to MRI, the same unrestricted MRI access as nonimplanted patients.

BEFORE YOUR MRI

If your system features Medtronic SureScan™ MRI technology, you may be able to have an MRI on any part of your body or a head-only scan. Your pain specialist can easily determine if you can safely undergo the type of MRI scan prescribed.

  1. Tell the doctor who prescribed your MRI scan that you have an implanted Medtronic neurostimulation system.
  2. Contact your pain specialist to discuss your upcoming MRI scan. Your pain specialist may also provide you or your radiologist a copy of the MRI Patient Eligibility Form, which will help your radiologist confirm your ability to have the prescribed MRI scan.
  3. When you schedule your MRI appointment, give the office staff the model number of your implanted neurostimulation system and contact information for your pain specialist. This information is listed on your Medtronic Patient ID Card and on the MRI Patient Eligibility Form.

Note: Be sure to recharge your neurostimulator before your MRI appointment. This will help avoid any unnecessary delays.

DOWNLOADABLE MRI INSTRUCTIONS

Check your MRI eligibility using your therapy programmer or controller by accessing MRI mode (find instructions in the guides below).

pdf Intellis™ SCS MRI Instructions (.pdf)

MRI eligibility information and instructions for physicians and radiology staff.

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pdf Restore™ SCS MRI Instructions (.pdf)

MRI eligibility information and instructions for physicians and radiology staff.

280KB

ACTIVATING MRI MODE

Before you enter the room with the MRI scanner, put your neurostimulation system in MRI Mode. This turns off the stimulation. You will see In MRI Mode on your therapy programmer screen. Show this screen to the MRI clinician.

To activate MRI Mode, refer to the user guide that corresponds to your implanted neurostimulation system. These guides also provide instructions for turning stimulation back on after the MRI scan.

DOWNLOADABLE USER GUIDES

pdf Using Your Intellis™ Implantable SCS System  (.pdf)

Basic resources and information to help you use your Medtronic Intellis™ spinal cord stimulation system.

2.0MB

pdf Using Your Implantable Restore™ SCS System (.pdf)

Basic resources and information to help you use your Medtronic RestoreSensor™, RestoreUltra™, RestoreAdvanced™, or PrimeAdvanced™ spinal cord stimulation system.

1.1MB

SAFETY RESOURCES FOR YOUR HEALTHCARE TEAM

If your doctor or MRI technologist is unsure if your Medtronic neurostimulation system is MRI safe, show him or her your Medtronic Patient ID Card. It includes the model number of your neurostimulator as well as a website that provides guidelines for safely conducting an MRI with that type of system.

There are many factors that determine whether you may safely undergo an MRI. Some examples are:

  • Area of the body to be scanned
  • The type of neurostimulator implanted
  • Lead model(s)
  • Lead placement in the body
  • If you have multiple medical implants
  • Type of MRI machine

Your eligibility for an MRI cannot be determined by calling Medtronic, rather a collaborative effort is required between your doctor, the MRI technologist and Medtronic.

MRI ELIGIBILITY ICONS

The patient programmer will display one of the icons below, which indicate MRI eligibility based on the type of SCS system you have.

Eligibility Icon Description
Icon indicating eligibility for a full-body MRI scan

FULL-BODY SCAN ELIGIBLE

 

The implanted neurostimulation system allows the patient to be eligible to have MRI scans of any part of the body under specific conditions.

The MRI clinician must consult the MRI guidelines for those conditions.

Icon indicating eligibility for a head-only MRI scan

HEAD SCAN ELIGIBLE WITH TRANSMIT/RECEIVE HEAD COIL

 

The implanted neurostimulation system allows the patient to be eligible for MRI scans of the head only using an RF transmit/receive head coil and under other specific conditions. The MRI clinician must consult the MRI guidelines for those conditions.

Icon indicating MRI scan eligibility cannot be determined

MRI SCAN ELIGIBILITY CANNOT BE DETERMINED

 

The MRI clinician must consult the MRI guidelines to determine how to proceed or contact Medtronic Technical Support at 800-328-0810.

YOUR MEDTRONIC PATIENT IDENTIFICATION CARD

Keep your ID card with you at all times and make sure the information on it is accurate.

Your ID card:

  • Identifies you as having an implanted medical device — critical information for health professionals and security personnel
  • Includes a toll-free number for contacting Medtronic
  • Helps Medtronic maintain current and accurate information for your records

Present your ID card when you have any medical or dental procedures, or when you need to go through a security screening system at an airport or elsewhere. Otherwise, your device may set off an alarm.

Front view of patient ID card.
Back view of patient ID card.

GETTING AN IDENTIFICATION CARD

You should receive a temporary ID card when your neurostimulator is implanted. Three to four weeks later, you will automatically receive a permanent ID card from Medtronic. There is no fee for this card.

  • Contact Patient Registration at the number below if you don’t receive a permanent ID card in four to six weeks.
  • If you move or change physicians, or if any of the other information on your card changes, contact Patient Registration.
  • You may also update your card online at medtronic.com/IDRegistration.

If your ID card is lost or stolen, Patient Registration can issue a replacement card. They can also issue an extra card for a spouse.

PATIENT REGISTRATION CONTACT INFORMATION

Call 800-551-5544 Monday–Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central Time.

MR-Conditional IconUnder specific conditions. Talk to your doctor and refer to product labeling for full list of conditions.

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.