MRI Centers

September 12, 2013 09:34 ET

MRI Center Scans First Patient in the United States With Only Neurostimulation System to Receive FDA Approval for Full-Body MRI

SOUTH BEND, IN--(Marketwired - September 12, 2013) -  On September 5, 2013, the MRI Center performed an MRI on a patient with a Medtronic neurostimulator approved for MRI by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This new device is the first in the nation to receive FDA approval for full-body MRI. The MRI center was the first facility in the United States to perform an MRI on a patient with this device. 

Neurostimulation therapy, also known as spinal cord stimulation (SCS), is a mainstay in chronic pain therapy. In neurostimulation therapy, an implantable device and electrodes are used to help control pain in patients suffering from certain types of chronic pain. 

MRI uses a magnetic field and radio waves to produce images of the inside of a patient's body. This enables physicians to make a wide range of health diagnoses by viewing highly detailed images of the brain, spinal cord, and other structures.

Patients with a spinal cord stimulator have a high probability of requiring an MRI scan. Research on the commercially-insured U.S. population indicates 70% of SCS patients will require an MRI within three years of implant, a rate of three times more MRI scans than the average U.S. population.

The medical technology company, Medtronic, has developed the first and currently only FDA approved neurostimulation system for conditional full body MRI imaging. Patient safety was proven by identifying 10,000 variations in scan condition and simulating each condition 10,000 times for a total of 100 million simulation scans.

"The MRI Center welcomes the opportunity to ensure that chronic pain patients with neurostimulators can have an MRI." Dr. Michael Grantham said. "In the past, MRI was generally not performed in patients with neurostimulators due to the potential risks associated with those systems. If the patient was determined to need an MRI, the neurostimulator would need to be removed before the MRI. With this new MRI-approved neurostimulator device, patients can have the MRI they need without removing the device." 

MRI Centers stands ready to address all challenging diagnostic needs by employing state of the art scanners, board-certified and fellowship-trained radiologists, and training for the most current conditionally safe protocols. 

The MRI Center, a cooperative effort of Memorial Hospital, Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, Radiology, Inc. and X-Ray Consultant's, Inc., operates eight MRI scanners in South Bend, Mishawaka, Granger and Plymouth Indiana. If you have questions regarding MRI services, please call the MRI Center at 574-272-9991 or toll free at 888 272-9991.

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Dr. Michael Grantham, please call Christina Brooks or Barb Brown at 574/272-9991 or email Christina at or Barb at

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