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Diagnostic Imaging with LINX®
Patients with a LINX® device can safely undergo a wide range of diagnostic imaging tests, including: X-Ray, ultrasound, PET scan, CT scan and MRI.
Are you considering LINX®?
- A version of LINX® considered MR Conditional in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system up to 1.5 Tesla (1.5T) is now available. Scanning under different conditions may result in serious injury to the patient and/or interfere with the magnetic strength of and function of the device.
- In the event an MRI above 1.5 Tesla (1.5T) is required and alternative diagnostic procedures cannot be used, the LINX® device can be removed.
- Patients treated with the 1.5T version of LINX® received a BLUE implant card indicating they have a magnetic implant.
- Approximately 89% of MRI machines in the U.S. are 1.5T or lower.
Do you have a LINX® device?
It’s important to know which LINX® device you have. Patients implanted with the 0.7T device cannot undergo testing in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system above 0.7T.
How will I know post-implant which LINX® device I have?
- Patients implanted with LINX®prior to May 22, 2015, have been implanted with the 0.7T device.
- If you were implanted with LINX®after May 22, 2015, please check your implant card: blue card (PDF link below) for 1.5T device; white card for 0.7T device.
- Contact the surgeon who performed your LINX® procedure.
Patients considering LINX® or already implanted with LINX® should consult their health care provider with questions about diagnostic imaging after LINX®, including MRI testing.
PLEASE NOTE: Some patients may have been treated with an earlier version of the LINX® device that is MR conditional ONLY UP TO 0.7 TESLA (0.7T). Patients implanted with this version of LINX® cannot undergo testing in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system above 0.7T. If you have any questions about which version of LINX® you have received, contact the surgeon who performed your LINX® procedure or consult your physician.