SAFETY & MRI CONSIDERATIONS FOR COCHLEAR IMPLANT USERS

 

SAFETY

BCIG has worked closely with CI Manufacturers to develop a new safety guidelines resource. Please see the new safety guidelines from the cochlear implant manufacturers. These replace the BCIG Safety Guidelines.

We encourage any person with a cochlear implant to contact the manufacturer of their device for specific information or advice.

Advanced Bionics – updated March 2020

Cochlear – updated March 2020

MED-EL – updated October 2020

Oticon Medical – updated July 2020

 

MRI CONSIDERATIONS

Cochlear implants (CI) all have an internal magnet; some – but not all – models are compatible with MRI scanning.  Some may need magnet removal before scanning; in some patients MRI scanning is completely contraindicated.  If a patient with a cochlear implant needs an MRI scan, please refer to the manufacturer safety guidelines above and contact the patient’s cochlear implant centre.

 

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Please note the British Society of Audiology guidance on hearing device provision for patients with a programmable ventriculo-peritoneal (PVP) shunt, published August 2020. Please contact the cochlear implant manufacturers directly for more information:
http://www.thebsa.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/BSA-Position-Statement-on-Programmable-VP-Shunts-11-8-20-clean-2.pdf