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  • AvatarOswaldOtte
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    Dear Doctor

    Is it safe to have an MRI done of both cervical and lumbar region having an implant between C6-C7?

    The girl who booked my MRI asked if I had any implants, so I told her about having an implant 6 months ago. She said it won’t move anymore after 6 months. I said that at the 3 month checkup it didn’t show any fusion. She didn’t sound very confident when saying it is ‘probably’ ok.

    My implant is a Zimmer Biomet Optio-C.
    Link with info here

    Should I worry about it moving during MRI?

    AvatarDonald Corenman, MD, DC
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    This is a fusion-type of implant which has a significant amount of metal in it. The metal is titanium which is somewhat more tolerable to imaging than implants made with chrome-cobalt but can still cause artifact with certain MRI programs. It is OK to get an MRI with this implant regardless of fusion status.

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
     
    Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
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