There are a number of different body scanning techniques, most of which are absolutely fine with a BCHD or some MEI. CT scans, for example, which use X-rays to look at hard structures inside the body, can be used for a person with a BCHD or MEI, as long as they take off their external speech processor before the scan starts. An MRI scan, however, which is sometimes used in hospitals to look at softer structures inside the body, works using a strong magnetic field. As there is metal in the internal part of the BCHI or MEI, having an MRI scan with an auditory implant needs more careful planning, regardless of which part of the body is being scanned.
If an MRI with a BCHD or MEI is conditional it means that an MRI scan is possible, but it will ALWAYS need the scanning department at the hospital to liaise with us at the Implant Service to make sure that the settings and procedures have been followed for the scan to be safe for you and for the hospital’s equipment.
If you have a condition which means that MRI scans are likely to be needed regularly please tell us so that we can discuss your choice of implant with you bearing in mind the need for future MRI scans.
|MRI okay but patient needs to remove the external equipment||MRI conditional||MRI contra-indicated|
Any non-surgical BCHD,
Cochlear Baha with a Connect fitting,
Oticon bone anchored systems with abutments
MED-EL VIBRANT SOUNDBRIDGE, and BONEBRIDGE
Cochlear Baha with an Attract (magnet) fitting