Can I have an MRI scan after DBS surgery?

After DBS implantation, patients should avoid most types of MRI exams, especially body MRI, as the exam may produce heating of the brain electrode. Certain specialized surgical centers have developed a specialized, low-energy protocol for brain MRI, allowing to perform postoperative brain MRI safely. However, other forms of MRI (such as spine or chest MRI) are not recommended, because safe conditions for performing these have not been worked out.