Implanted deep brain stimulator and 1.0-tesla magnetic resonance imaging

Norbert Kovacs, Ferenc Nagy, Ferenc Kover, Adam Feldmann, Carlos Llumiguano, Jozsef Janszky, Gyula Kotek, Tamas Doczi, Istvan Balas

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There is a great need for MRI examinations of patients who have previously undergone deep brain stimulator (DBS) implantation. The current guidelines pertain only to a 1.5-Tesla horizontal-bore scanner complying with strict safety regulations. Moreover, almost all published in vitro and in vivo studies concerning patient safety are carried out on 1.5 Tesla MR scanners. The aim of our work is to share our clinical experience of 1.0-Tesla brain MR imaging. During the past four years, 34 patients with different types of implanted DBS systems underwent 1.0-Tesla MR examinations to answer diagnostic or clinical questions. Apart from the scanner type applied, all other safety instructions were strictly followed. The MRI itself made no significant difference to the measured impedances or the stimulation parameters required to achieve the optimal therapeutic results. From theoretical considerations, it may be assumed that 1.0-Tesla MRI can be performed safely on DBS-implanted patients, provided that all other recommendations are adhered to.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1409-1412
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2006


  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Implants
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Safety
  • Specific absorption rate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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