Medtronic Receives Approval for Full-Body MRI Deep Brain Stimulation Neurostimulator

December 9, 2015

The FDA has given the green light to Irish devicemaker Medtronic for systems within its Activa portfolio of deep brain stimulation neurostimulators for full-body MRI scans.

Previously, patients with Medtronic DBS could receive head scans at a low radiofrequency power limit, and the DBS system had to be turned off prior to the MRI scan.

The approved full body MRI and higher power limits enable improved image quality, faster scan times and larger scan coverage for better diagnostic capabilities.

According to the devicemaker, its MR Conditional DBS systems are the only approved for full-body MRI scans. — Michael Cipriano