Our Medtronic DBS system has technology and features that will make a difference for you now and into the future.
Medtronic provides safe* access to MRI anywhere on the body with some Medtronic DBS devices under certain conditions — giving your doctor an important tool for diagnosis. Approximately 7 out of 10 DBS-eligible patients with movement disorders, such as Parkinson's, may need an MRI within 10 years of receiving their device.1 We know it's important that you have safe access to MRI. That's why we performed rigorous testing of Medtronic DBS systems.
Some Medtronic DBS devices may remain on — when programmed to certain settings — throughout the MRI so your DBS therapy is not interrupted. You may take comfort in knowing that the device can remain on (if programmed to the right settings) to control your symptoms. This may allow the quality of the image to be improved if the movement symptoms related to the disease are reduced.
Always talk with your doctor before having an MRI. Learn more about MRI with DBS.
Your doctor will program your Medtronic DBS system to best control your current symptoms.
You will have a device, similar to a remote control, which allows you to turn the DBS system on and off and to check the battery. You may also be able to adjust the stimulation within options programmed by your doctor. The patient programmer will alert you about 3 months before the battery runs out, so you have plenty of time to plan for replacement.
The neurostimulator stores important data about itself and the programmed settings that have worked for you in the past. This means you don't need to carry such records if you travel or switch clinics. A doctor can access the information in your neurostimulator with a clinician programmer.
Activa PC Neurostimulator
Activa PC delivers stimulation to both sides of the brain through two leads (thin wires).
The battery does not need to be recharged. The neurostimulator lasts 3 to 5 years on average, depending on the programmed settings.
Activa RC Neurostimulator
The rechargeable battery allows you to keep the same device for 9 years between replacements. You recharge the battery regularly with an external recharger.
Activa RC is used with two thin wires (leads) to deliver stimulation to both sides of the brain.
Activa SC Neurostimulator
Activa SC is used with one lead (thin wire) to deliver stimulation to one side of the brain. Two stimulators are used to stimulate areas on both sides of the brain.
The battery does not need to be recharged. It lasts 3 to 5 years on average, depending on the programmed settings.
*Medtronic DBS systems are MR Conditional which means they are safe for MRI scans under certain conditions. If the conditions are not met, the MRI could cause tissue heating especially at the implanted lead(s) in the brain which may result in serious and permanent injury or death. Before having an MRI, always talk with the doctor who manages your DBS Therapy to determine your eligibility and discuss potential benefits and risks of MRI. For further information, please call Medtronic at 1-800-328-0810.