Risk assessment of magnetic resonance imaging in chronically implanted paddle electrodes for cortical stimulation

Helena T. Tronnier*, Uwe Melchert, Dirk Petersen, Volker M. Tronnier

*Corresponding author for this work
3 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Background: Cortical epidural stimulation is used for the treatment of different neuropsychiatric disorders such as chronic neuropathic pain, tinnitus, movement disorders, and psychiatric diseases. While preoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is considered the imaging tool of choice for planning the approach and electrode placement, postoperative MRI is still a contraindication with implanted paddle leads due to the risk of thermal damage or current induction creating seizures or neurological deficits. Objectives: In this feasibility in vitro study the temperature changes and induction were determined as well as the artifacts caused by 2 parallel paddle leads (Resume II, Model 3587 A; Medtronic, Minneapolis, Minn., USA), commonly used in clinical practice with and without a pulse generator (Prime Advanced, Model 7489; Medtronic). Methods: An ultrasound gel-filled head phantom with 2 paddle leads mimicking the surgical scenario was used to evaluate temperature changes as well as induced currents in a 1.5- and 3-tesla MR scanner. In addition, 1 patient underwent a 3-tesla MRI with an implanted subdural paddle lead. Results: Negligible temperature changes were detected with turbo spin echo sequences in the 1.5- and 3-tesla scanner using a head and body coil. Induced voltages up to 6 V were measured. The imaging artifacts in the phantom were well tolerable. The patient's imaging was uneventful under the settings which are accepted for deep brain stimulation imaging. Conclusion: MRI under the conditions described here seems to be safe with the implants used in this study. In particular, the induced temperature is much lower with paddle compared to conventional leads due to the different electrode design. The induced voltage does not carry any risks. However, these findings cannot automatically be transferred to other implants or other scanning conditions, and further studies are needed. The biomedical companies should be encouraged to develop MR-conditional paddle leads. Also, further research is necessary to study the mechanism of action of cortical stimulation in the future.

Original languageEnglish
JournalStereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
Volume93
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)182-189
Number of pages8
ISSN1011-6125
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01.01.2015

DFG Research Classification Scheme

  • 206-07 Clinical Neurology Neurosurgery and Neuroradiology

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