MRI-compatible neurostimulator goes to work relieving pain

A 62-year-old Pennsylvania man has become the first in the world to be implanted with a neurotransmitter that both blocks spinal pain and safely stands up to MRI scanning, according to The Intelligencer of Doylestown, Pa.

MRI exams, of course, are key to managing the care of patients with chronic spinal pain.

“All patients with a spinal cord stimulation system should have the ability to be offered the same imaging options as those without one,” says Steven Falowski, MD, chief of functional neurosurgery at St. Luke’s University Health Network in Bethlehem.

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