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Whether it’s a routine knee scan at a busy clinic or emergency imaging after a car crash, immediate MRI access is essential. For every cochlear implant recipient, there are additional MRI instructions that need to be followed, but not all cochlear implants offer the same degree of MRI safety. We understand that for radiologists, having practical conditions and clear instructions is essential for optimal imaging outcomes.

That’s why we’ve designed all MED-EL cochlear implants to provide immediate access to MRI scans in a few simple steps. All MED-EL cochlear implants enable MRI scans without the need to surgically remove and replace the implant magnet. You also do not need to order a specialty splint kit, so there’s no need to delay treatment.

In these short instructional videos, we’ll cover the simple safety conditions that need to be followed for each MED-EL cochlear implant. By following these MRI instructions, you can help ensure your patient has an easy, comfortable MRI scan.

These practical conditions can save time and resources for your clinic, and help provide peace of mind for recipients during an MRI.

The videos cover MRI instructions for each MED-EL implant, including:

  • Pre-scan procedure
  • Tesla allowances
  • Patient orientation
  • SAR limits

We’ve also created guides for MRI with BONEBRIDGE Bone Conduction Implant and the Vibrant SOUNDBRIDGE VORP 503 Middle Ear Implant. And you can always find the full MRI conditions for all MED-EL implants at medel.com/isi.

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The SYNCHRONY Cochlear Implant uses a rotatable, self-aligning magnet that practically eliminates magnetic torque on the implant during a scan. This allows recipients to have safe, comfortable MRI scans without needing surgical magnet removal or head bandaging—even at 3.0 Tesla.

Recipients with a SYNCHRONY Cochlear Implant may be safely MRI scanned at 0.2, 1.0, 1.5, and 3.0 Tesla in countries accepting the CE-Mark and Canada following the conditions detailed in the instructions for use. Conditions for 1.5 & 3.0 Tesla scans for recipients in the United States can be found at medel.com/isi.

 

Other MED-EL cochlear implants use a secure implant magnet that allows recipients to have safe, comfortable MRI scans at 1.5 Tesla without risk of magnet dislocation.

Recipients with the CONCERTO, SONATA, PULSAR, or C40+ Cochlear Implant may be safely MRI scanned at 0.2, 1.0, and 1.5 Tesla in countries accepting the CE-Mark and Canada following the conditions detailed in the instructions for use. Conditions for 1.5 Tesla scans for recipients in the United States can be found at medel.com/isi.

Read More on MRI & Hearing Implants

Check out our other great articles on MRI with a MED-EL hearing implant:

3.0 T MRI With SYNCHRONY Cochlear Implant: An MRI Technologist’s Experience

Case Study: MRI With SYNCHRONY Auditory Brainstem Implant

MRI & Cochlear Implants: Superior MRI Safety

 

MRI Instructions for VIBRANT SOUNDBRIDGE & BONEBRIDGE

 

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