MRI is safe with VNS Therapy®
With the latest VNS Therapy® technology, MRI is now more accessible than ever provided specific guidelines are followed.
MRI can be safely performed provided with the VNS Therapy System provided specific guidelines are followed. Speak to your doctor about which areas of the body can be safely scanned. MRI scan requirements are different depending on your VNS Therapy generator model and the implant location. You can find more MRI safety information here.
If you have VNS Therapy device model 102, 102R, 103 or 104, MRI scan requirements are different. Speak to your doctor about which areas of your body can be safely scanned.
No. If you have the VNS Therapy® System you may have an MRI safely performed at any MRI center that has a 1.5T or 3T MRI machine and can follow the MRI guidelines.
No. Do not bring your magnet in the room with the MRI scanner.
If you were to have a seizure during an MRI, medical personnel would follow protocol and stop the MRI immediately to apply standard first aid measures. Because of this possibility, it is very important that you let the technicians and nurses know that you have a seizure disorder prior to the MRI.
Depending on the model and placement of your implanted VNS Therapy® System, MRI of the head, neck, pelvis, lower spine, legs, arms and other extremities can be safely performed with VNS Therapy® System. Consult with the doctor who manages your VNS Therapy® System prior to receiving an MRI. Your doctor will determine which areas of your body can be safely scanned.