SAFETY & MRI CONSIDERATIONS FOR COCHLEAR IMPLANT USERS

 

SAFETY

BCIG has worked closely with CI manufacturers to develop a safety guidelines resource. Please see the 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 January 2022

 

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.  MRI guidelines may differ in other countries, so please ensure you follow the links above which will provide UK information.

ONLINE TRAINING FOR RADIOLOGISTS

The Manchester Auditory Implant team has developed an online training resource for radiologists on cochlear implants.  Please ask your local radiologists to view the resource.  CPD is available from from the Society of Radiographers.

PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET

We have put together a four-page general information leaflet for people with cochlear implants who are referred for an MRI scan. It has been approved for clarity by the Plain English Campaign. Thank you to the working group who gave so much time to this.

Download the leaflet here or view below.

BCIG MRI patient information

 

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