Cochlear was the first manufacturer to introduce cochlear implants with removable magnets in 1997. Our removable magnet means that recipients implanted more than 20 years ago can still access today’s MRI technology.
Cochlear™ Nucleus® Implants: designed for MRI compatibility at 1.5 T and 3 T
We designed the Nucleus® Profile™ Plus Series Implant so you can have a routine 1.5 T MRI or a high-definition 3 T MRI without removing the magnet.1 This means no additional surgery, no need to wear a bandage in the MRI machine, no delay in having your scan done and, most importantly, no unnecessary time without sound.
For a complete set of instructions on performing an MR scan safely, refer to the MRI Guidelines for your region.* For a quick guide, refer to the MRI Safety Checklist for your region. Both documents are available for download at the bottom of this page.
MRI compatibility of previous generations of Nucleus implants
Most of our other Nucleus implants are designed to be compatible for MRI at 3 T with the magnet removed and at 1.5 T with the magnet in place1,2. To help prevent discomfort or dislodgement of the implant magnet during an MRI scan, which some people may experience, we have also made available the Cochlear MRI Kit. For more information on the MRI Kit and a complete set of instructions on performing an MR scan safely, select the MRI information for your region below.
The information contained within the above animation is also available as a downloadable pdf.
For more information on the Cochlear MRI Kit, refer to the MRI Guidelines or the MRI Kit user guide.
For the Nucleus Implants MRI Checklist click here.
For the Nucleus Implants MRI Conditions click here.
For the Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) relating to Cochlear Non-magnetic Plugs & Cassettes and Replacement Magnets, click here.
Refer to the MRI information for your region:
Please seek advice from your health professional about treatments for hearing loss. Outcomes may vary, and your health professional will advise you about the factors which could affect your outcome. Always follow the directions for use. Not all products are available in all countries. Please contact your local Cochlear representative for product information.
In Australia, Cochlear™ Nucleus® implant systems are intended for the treatment of moderately severe to profound hearing loss.
In Australia, Baha® bone conduction implant systems are intended for the treatment of moderate to profound hearing loss.
In Australia, the Cochlear™ Osia® System is indicated for patients with conductive, mixed hearing loss and single-sided sensorineural deafness (SSD) aged 10 years and above with up to 55 decibels sensorineural hearing loss. Patients should have sufficient bone quality and quantity to support successful implant placement. Surgery is required to use this product. Any surgical procedure carries risk.
For Cochlear™ Nucleus®, Osia® and Baha® systems: This product is not available for purchase by the general public. For information on funding and reimbursement please contact your health care professional.
Any testimonial featured on this website is intended for an Australian audience only.
* MRI guidelines may differ from country to country due to local regulations. Please ensure you refer to the MRI Guidelines intended for your country.
- The following implants are designed to be compatible for MRI at 1.5 T and at 3.0 T with magnet in place: Nucleus Profile Plus Series: Cl612, Cl622, Cl632 and CI624. The following implants are designed to be compatible for MRI at 3.0 T with the magnet removed (should your doctor specifically recommend this procedure) and 1.5 T with magnet in place with use of the Cochlear MRI Kit: CI500 Series: CI512, CI522, CI532 and ABI541.
CI24RE Series: CI422, CI24REH (Hybrid L24), CI24RE (CA), CI24RE (CS) and CI24RE (ST).
CI24R Series: CI24R (CA), CI24R (CS), CI24R (ST). CI24M Series: CI24M, CI 11+11+2M and ABI24M. CI22 Series: CI22M (with removable magnet).
Implant magnet removal may be required to reduce image artefact.
- The MRI Kit is not available in the United States. In the United States the following implants are designed to be compatible for MRI at 1.5 T and at 3.0 T with magnet in place: Nucleus Profile Plus Series: Cl612, Cl622, Cl632, CI624 and the following implants are designed to be compatible for MRI at 1.5 T and 3.0 T with the magnet removed: CI500 Series: CI512, CI522, CI532. CI24RE Series: CI422, CI24REH (Hybrid L24), CI24RE (CA), CI24RE (CS) and CI24RE (ST).