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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

In addition to these videos, you can always find the full MRI conditions for all MED-EL implants at medel.com/isi.

This article is also available in German: Artikel auf Deutsch als PDF herunterladen.

 

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.

We’ve also created guides for MRI with the BONEBRIDGE Bone Conduction Implant (BCI 601) and the Vibrant SOUNDBRIDGE VORP 503 Middle Ear Implant.

The Highest MRI Safety

Our cochlear implants provide the highest MRI safety on the market. That’s why we guarantee that MED-EL multichannel cochlear implants will not be damaged during an MRI exam. Our MRI Guarantee is:

  • Valid for all MED-EL multichannel cochlear implants worldwide.
  • Life-long and comprehensive on cochlear implants from as far back as 1994.
  • The first and only offered by any hearing implant producer.

For more on the MRI Guarantee, check out our detailed article on how MED-EL’s innovative cochlear implant design provides the highest MRI safety to patients.

 

Last updated on January 28, 2021.

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