Can I have an MRI if I have the Reed Procedure®?

No, you cannot have an MRI if you have any implanted metal unit, such as a stimulator. However, while certainly a consideration, the issue rarely poses any problem, as alternative radiographic options can often be used in place of the MRI – such as the CT and PET scans. In fact, having performed hundreds of implants over the past 25 years, we have only encountered one instance where the patient specifically required an MRI. In that case we were able to remove the stimulator temporarily, enabling the patient to have the MRI, whereupon we promptly replaced the stimulator afterwards.

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