Spinal Cord Stimulation and Your Imaging Options

When it comes to your healthcare, knowing your options is important. That's why we've put together some information we think you'll find useful, all with the goal of helping you make the right decisions.

The Role of Imaging in SCS

With SCS, there are numerous imaging options available to meet your needs. While you may need a medical image in your future, it will not treat your pain. Remember, the number one goal of SCS is to provide effective pain relief.

What The Experts Have to Say

"For virtually any indication and any part of the body, there are multiple imaging options available"
Dr. Gary Gold

Professor of Radiology at Stanford, a fellow of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine

"When it comes to SCS, needing an image or MRI is only part of your healthcare management. After all, imaging does not treat your chronic pain."
Dr. Thomas Simopoulis

Director of Interventional Pain Service, and Assistant Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School

What Are Your Imaging Options?

Dr. Gold has provided an overview of some of the more commonly used medical imaging technologies.

Understanding MR Conditional

All SCS systems have varying limitations and conditions related to MRI scans.

MR Conditional is an item with demonstrated safety in the MR environment within defined conditions.1

Talk to your doctor to find out which system is right for you.

Precision Montage™ MRI2

Allows for MRI scans of the full body for patients who meet the eligibility requirements

Precision Spectra™ 2

Allows for MRI scans of the head for patients who meet the eligibility requirements

ASTM F2503-13 Standard Practice for Marking Medical Devices and Other Items for Safety in the Magnetic Resonance Environment, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2013, http://dx.doi.org/10.1520/F2503
Patients implanted with the Precision Montage™ MRI or Precision Spectra™ Spinal Cord Stimulator System with ImageReady MRI Technology are "MR Conditional" only when exposed to the MRI environment under the specific conditions defined in the ImageReady MRI Full-Body Guidelines for Precision Montage™ MRI Spinal Cord Stimulator System and ImageReady MRI Guidelines for Precision Spectra Spinal Cord Stimulator System Manual (Head Only MRI scans). The Precision Montage™ MRI SCS System provides safe access to full-body MRI scans when used with specific components and exposed to the MRI environment under the defined conditions in the ImageReady MRI Full Body Guidelines for Precision Montage MRI Spinal Cord Stimulator System.

Q&A With Dr. Gold and Dr. Simopoulis

Dr. Gold and Dr. Simopoulis provide easy answers to some complicated concerns.

Dr. Gold Questions
Dr. Simopoulis Questions

Questions to Discuss With Your Doctor

We've created a list of questions that will make it easy for you to discuss SCS and imaging with your doctor.

It's Important to Know Your Imaging Options

When deciding which SCS system is right for you, it's beneficial to understand all the imaging options that are available. Here are a few questions to ask your doctor to help make your decision:
Q: What is your number one priority when choosing an SCS system?
Q: What imaging options do I have available for my condition with SCS?
Q: What are the long-term considerations when living with an SCS system?