MRI Safety | VNS Therapy
 

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MRI is safe with
VNS Therapy*

With the latest VNS Therapy technology,
MRI is now more accessible than ever.

*provided specific guidelines followed

Ask your doctor today about the latest VNS Therapy technology.

  • Get safe access to MRI to best manage your long-term wellness
  • This is the only implanted device for seizures that can be used with MRI
  • Go to any MRI center and safely have an MRI performed
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Follow these steps before, during and after an
MRI with VNS Therapy.

1Before scheduling your MRI appointment

  • Contact your neurologist to discuss your upcoming MRI

2Schedule your MRI appointment

  • When you call to make an appointment for an MRI, inform the MRI center that you have an implanted vagus nerve stimulator
  • Provide the model number of your implanted VNS Therapy device, as well as the name and contact information of your neurologist. This information can be found on the Patient MRI Form which will be provided by your neurologist.

3Before your MRI

  • Your neurologist will temporarily turn your VNS Therapy device OFF and give you a copy of the Patient MRI Form to take to the MRI center.

4Attend your MRI appointment

  • Remember to bring your Patient MRI Form
  • Inform the radiologist and MRI technicians of your implanted VNS Therapy device and your seizure disorder
  • Do not bring your patient magnet into the MRI scanner room
  • If you feel any discomfort during the MRI, immediately notify the MRI technician

5After your MRI

  • Make an appointment with your neurologist to turn your VNS Therapy device back on

Frequently Asked Questions about MRI and VNS Therapy

 

Yes. MRI can be safely performed with your implanted VNS Therapy system provided that specific guidelines are followed. MRI guidelines are provided to your doctor and are also available here.

MRI of the head, neck, pelvis, lower spine, legs, arms and other extremities can be safely performed with your implanted VNS Therapy system AspireHC (Model 105) or AspireSR (Model 106). Consult with your 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.

No. If you have the VNS Therapy system AspireHC (Model 105) or AspireSR (Model 106), you may have an MRI safely performed at any MRI center that can follow the MRI guidelines. If you have a different model device, scan requirements are different. Your doctor will determine which areas of your body can be safely scanned.

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.

No. Do not bring your magnet in the room with the MRI scanner.

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If you have device model 102, 102R, 103 or 104, MRI scan requirements are different.

Speak to your doctor to discuss which areas of your body can be safely scanned.

Still have questions about MRI and VNS Therapy?

Our Case Managers are available to answer your questions.

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